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Each month we spotlight a local nonprofit that's in need of help. It's a way to connect our listeners with charities that make an impact.

Get Involved Spotlight: Girls Rock Austin (UPDATED)

From Girls Rock Austin, this month's Get Involved spotlight nonprofit:

Girls Rock Austin's mission is to empower girls, women, trans and gender-nonbinary youth through music education and performance.

Girls Rock Austin hosts summer camps for youth, providing programming for campers ages 7-17. In one week, campers learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song and play a show. Through mentorship and creative expression, GRA aims to give youth a supportive space to gain leadership and collaboration skills, share their ideas, and create positive social change in Austin and beyond.

Now in its 11th year, GRA is offering three summer camps: “Classic Camp” for youth ages 10-17 (June 5-10th), Junior Camp for youth ages 7-9 (June 12th - 17th), and Advanced Camp for youth ages 14-17 (July 24th - 29th) who are at an intermediate performance level on their instruments. Each year, GRA serves nearly 200 youth in summer camps, and hundreds more in workshops and clinics.

GRA is always looking to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations! One of the unique aspects of GRA is the non-musical programming. GRA offers a wide array of social justice centered workshops, from media literacy to healthy relationships. Programming also focuses on building skills like recording, production, and simple circuit building. Folks interested in volunteering can help in a myriad of ways -- no music experience necessary! GRA has direct volunteer and instruction positions available, as well as opportunities to help carry out the behind-the-scenes set up and break down. Want to help but don’t have the time? GRA is a tax deductible way to donate your gently used instruments. Or you can donate funds to help GRA get supplies needed to expand programming (laptops, tools for instrument repair, guitar pedals, etc). For more info, please check out the GRA website or email at

UPDATE: Girls Rock Austin will be hosting a Volunteer Meet and Greet happy hour at Trudy's Texas Star this Tuesday, May 9, from 3:00 - 7:00 pm

For more information about Girls Rock Austin, also check out this just-published article from Teen Vogue.

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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