I was fortunate to have found my passion for video production when I was very young. When my family moved to Georgia at 12 years old, I transferred to a new school that had a film curriculum, AV clubs and even a student run TV studio. The moment I realized that I could “make TV” for a living, I was hooked, and it was that early spark which put my creative career in motion.
Unfortunately, this kind of access is not the case in many places. Compounded with the fact that professional schools are expensive and access to equipment limited, there are many barriers for young girls to overcome. Inspiring the next generation through hands-on experience and mentorship is critical to ensure an increase in representation and diversification in the creative field. In film, women currently make up less than 18% of the behind the scenes crew. Together, we can help change that.
Starting next week and all summer, more than 100 girls and youth ages 8-18 will experience that moment of confidence for the very first time and find out what it feels like to have their voice and confidence amplified by the power of filmmaking.
This transformative experience is made possible through Girls Rock Charlotte a non-profit that brings together volunteers like me from the film industry to teach, coach, mentor, and inspire youth to own their own stories and bring them to the screen.
To make sure that this experience is open to all communities, Girls Rock Charlotte camps awards $20,000 in scholarships every summer and provides additional free programming throughout the school year.
I am running a personal fundraiser now through June 29 to help Girls Rock provide even more opportunities for youth in underserved communities to attend their camps and workshops.
I hope you'll consider supporting Girls Rock.
"This camp was the most rewarding thing my child has ever attended," 2018 camper parent.
100 youth will rock n' reel in 2019....BECAUSE OF YOU!!! Help us to teach them all to rock their voice, vision and power - together. Our summer camp scholarship fundraiser is for the 50+ deserving kids and teens who will be rocking the stage and screen this year!!
Our campers say...
"This camp is encouraging and gave me hope."
"The teach us so many great things about women's empowerment and I love that they teach us that girls can do anything."
"Best camp ever!"
Our families say...
"My daughter loved it and came home every day feeling excited and empowered."
"Our whole family cried happy tears watching her...this is an amazing camp for girls and does amazing things for their confidence."
"Thank you for providing my child with friendship, confidence and acceptance."