By Rebekah Feigh
Adam races in support of Girls Rock Columbia, a nonprofit organization serving the Columbia area. Girls Rock Columbia is a music and mentoring program that empowers girls and trans and gender non-conforming youth through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. GRC holds rock camp each summer during which campers learn to play an instrument, form a band with 3-4 of their peers, write a song together, and perform it at the Campers Showcase at the end of the week. GRC also provides music programming for adults through programs like Rock Roulette, Let’s Rock Camp, and the Volunteer & Supporter Showcase.
As a member of the Board of Directors for Girls Rock Columbia, this organization is very important to me. I’ve been volunteering with GRC since 2015, and I have grown very close to our volunteers and campers during that time. Adam began racing in support of Girls Rock Columbia this year, and he will be donating his winnings from the South Carolina Triathlon Series to help Girls Rock meet our financial goals.
We would love if you chose to support Girls Rock Columbia as well. Curious what your money would be going to? Here’s a few of our goals:
- Own 100% of our gear and instruments. Since starting in 2013, Girls Rock Columbia has been gathering instruments and gear with this goal in mind. Currently we rely on amazing Gear Heroes to loan us instruments to make sure we have enough for all of our campers.
- Provide full scholarships for 5 campers a year. Girls Rock Columbia believes in providing opportunities to girls and trans and gender non-conforming youth from all backgrounds and financial situations. We offer camp on a “pay what you’re able” basis, and 75% of our campers attend camp on reduced or waived tuition. A donation of $350 covers tuition for one camper.
- Obtain a brick-and-mortar location. At this time, Girls Rock Columbia does not own or lease any sort of “headquarters” location. This goal is super important to us because in order to continue to grow as an organization, we’re going to need a space. Having a physical location will allow us to consolidate and safely store all of the equipment we use for programming, begin to work towards our goal of having year-round programming for adults and youth, and give us a greater presence in the Columbia community.