What is Girls Rock Fort Worth (GRFW)?

Girls Rock Fort Worth exists to empower girls, of all backgrounds and abilities through musical education, performance and workshops in an all female oriented environment. Our goal is to provide them with a positive and supportive community of peers and mentors to enhance their self-esteem and encourage social change. The aim of GRFW is not to create rock stars but to provide the stage for our campers to discover that they have what it takes to change the world. Our hope is that each camper will find their voice and learn that they are allowed to take up space.

A Bit O’ History

Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls was founded in 2001 in Portland, Oregon. It has since expanded all over the world. The Girls Rock Camp Alliance was formed in 2007 as a tool for networking and support. A conference is held yearly for member camps to share experiences and exchange ideas to help and inspire each other.
Sarah Reagan, the Founder/Executive Director of GRFW, first discovered and fell in love with the Rock Camp program while visiting Austin. A seed was planted to make Girls Rock happen in Fort Worth. She volunteered as a workshop presenter at Girls Rock Dallas in 2015 and drove away from that experience determined to make this dream a reality.
In the Fall of 2015, the Organizing Team began working on the first camp. GRFW began collaborating with Girls Rock Dallas in early 2016 in order to share resources and skills. The first camp was held in Fort Worth on July 25-29 with an End-of-Camp Showcase at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge on July 30.

Girls Rock Camp

Girls Rock Camp is a summer day camp where girls (ages 8-17) learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song and perform a concert at a live music venue. They also attend workshops each day which cover various topics. Through this they learn to find and use their voices, express their creativity, gain leadership skills, support and encourage each other and develop important life skills.

Why Only Girls?

Representation of girls in the rock music industry and culture has always been the exception rather than the rule. As much as we’d like to think that all things are equal now, reality shows us that girls and women still have an uphill battle in the world of rock music as well as in many other fields.
The strength of GRFW is its focus on female empowerment; music is the vehicle for positive messaging. We show young girls that they can write music, play instruments, sing and perform as well as anyone who puts her mind to it. We’re working for a better future for girls who want to rock in whatever endeavor they choose.
GRFW is not just a music camp. “The campers are not just learning technique as much as they are learning how to communicate in a way that they aren’t usually allowed to. When girls are allowed to let go and not be called crazy, or to yell without being called angry, then they learn that the world they live in is limitless–or at least that the possibilities are. Girls discover that they draw their own boundaries, that they can push those boundaries through art, that they can be heard. You have to be able to imagine that you are bigger than you are, especially when girls are usually taught to be smaller, both literally and figuratively.” – from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls book, 2008

Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA)

Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA) provides resources and networking opportunities for its affiliate camps, and promotes the establishment of like-minded institutions worldwide. All members of the GRCA share similar missions, values, and ideas about how to run a successful girls rock camp.
Girls Rock Fort Worth strives to embody the core values of GRCA. They are:
  • We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change;
  • We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women;
  • We value positive approaches to fighting sexism;
  • We value integrity, honesty, and respect;
  • We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation, and collaboration;
  • We value using our collective voice to further our mission;
  • We value diversity.
For more information on the Girls Rock Camp Alliance: http://www.girlsrockcamp.org/supporters/grca

Our Core Team

These dedicated individuals work year-round to make camp a fun and engaging experience, as well as organize all of our events throughout the year.  To learn more about our Core Team, including positions and applications, click here.
Sarah Reagan

Sarah Reagan

Executive Director/Founder

Sarah was born in a small Southern Louisiana town and moved to Texas in the 5th grade. She has a Masters in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She has worked and volunteered with many nonprofits and youth groups and has always been passionate about empowering and supporting girls and women. Sarah was also the lead singer of Solo Sol in Fort Worth and loves to write lyrics. Besides her three kids, her favorite things are music, books and the moon.

Kerissa Bearce

Kerissa Bearce

Volunteer Coordinator/Co-Founder

After working in filmmaking in Las Vegas, Kerissa relocated to Austin, Texas and became a high school film teacher. After receiving her Masters in Education, she went back to her roots in Fort Worth to be an instructional coach and an advocate for equitable schools. Kerissa is into walking her dog, cross-stitching, reading, and liking things unabashedly.

Kim Brown

Kim Brown

Media Coordinator

Kim is a native New Mexican who loves calling Fort Worth home. After graduating from college, she dove head first into a career in broadcast journalism. She worked in newsrooms in both New Mexico and Texas before deciding to venture into the field of public relations. She has since realized her calling in spreading the word about nonprofit organizations she believes in. Kim loves live music, girl power and tornadoes.

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the organization and acts as a central decision-making body. The function of the board is to ensure that the camp upholds its mission; to set a direction and long-term goals for the organization; to advocate for and represent the organization in order to promote its welfare; to help bring resources to the organization; and to monitor, oversee, and assure the financial, programming, ethical, legal, and governmental integrity of the organization.  Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Click here to learn more.
Shannon Matzke

Shannon Matzke

Shannon wanted to be Deborah Harry when she grew up, but someone is still hogging that job. Shannon's been a nurse for 24 years and has degrees in Nursing and English. She's volunteered with front of house at Theatre Britain for the past 10 years, as well as been a cat socializer with East Lake Pet Orphanage. She's played bass for a couple of garage bands and loves distortion. She enjoys British television, 80s indie rock, vintage books, her nieces, the Bronte sisters and horror movies. Shannon started volunteering with GRFW in 2017.

Hannah Ball

Hannah Ball

Hannah has lived in 5 states and two countries before finding a home in Fort Worth, TX thirteen years ago. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Center College in Spanish and Philosophy. She is currently working to save the planet by helping building owners reduce their energy footprint. If she’s not busy playing with data, Hannah is probably outside in her garden. Hannah is a passionate feminist and so very excited to get support girls in their journey thru Girls Rock Fort Worth.

Ahlea Young

Ahlea Young

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Ahlea likes to make things happen. A long time passion for serving her community and youth, she has volunteered with numerous youth based organizations and helped with organizing community outreach. When she isn't busy lending a hand, she spends her time supporting our local music scene and rewatching Star Trek until her Klingon is nothing but perfect.

Richie Lunsford

Richie Lunsford

Richie has been in Texas since he was 6 months old, and hasn’t left for more than a year or two since. He has worked with other non-profits for over a decade that provided emergency humanitarian aid across the world. He is an improviser and teacher at the Four Day Weekend Training Center in Fort Worth, a father of four, and is passionate about the message of Girls Rock Fort Worth.

Melanie Lunsford

Melanie Lunsford

Melanie was born in Fort Worth, and has lived in the DFW area her whole life. She is passionate about supporting and empowering girls to feel confident and capable. She has three daughters and a son. Most days Melanie is busy pursuing her surgical tech certification. She dabbles in many crafty hobbies, but knitting and crocheting are her favorites. She is especially fond of trees, the moon, and Earl Grey tea.

Empowering  Girls Thru Music Education Since 2016
Girls Rock Fort Worth exists to empower girls, of all backgrounds and abilities through musical education, performance and workshops in an all female oriented environment. Our goal is to provide them with a positive and supportive community of peers and mentors to enhance their self-esteem and encourage social change.
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