Girls Rock! DC’s Youth Leader program gives young folks a louder voice in GR!DC’s direction.

Youth Leaders are teens that meet to strengthen communication and leadership skills as well as make GR!DC more youth-driven.

This organization is here to serve youth so it is only natural that young people have a voice in what we do! This means becoming a part of Girls Rock! DC’s leadership team, meeting monthly to give input and generate ideas on practices and programming that drive the future of Girls Rock! DC. Teens that have participated in our programs can help shape and lead at GR!DC as Youth Leaders

Our Youth Leadership Initiatives strive to create the most inclusive, safest space possible for all applicants and participants.

As is the case at all Girls Rock! DC programs, we strive to create a leadership team that reflects the diversity of our youth and the DC community. This means that we do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, or any other form of discrimination and bigotry and we actively work against these forces in our community. We strongly encourage youth of color; youth who are queer, gender non-binary, and/or trans; and any folks who come from traditionally marginalized experiences to apply to be Youth Leaders.

Youth Leaders help guide Girls Rock! DC programming!

Youth Leaders are:

  • youth that have attended any current or previous Girls Rock! DC Youth Summer Camp, GR!ASP, or workshops;
  • 14-18 years old at the time of the first Youth Leadership team meeting;
  • passionate about creating change in their community!

Youth leaders are community members who, along with participating in the cool Girls Rock! DC programs, help to plan and lead activities, events, and workshops while being an integral voice in making decisions! Youth Leaders will be selected by the GR!DC team on the basis of eligibility and with an aim to ensure that participant’s viewpoints and experiences are reflective of GR!DC’s camper base as a whole.

The Youth Leadership Program is a decision-making presence at Girls Rock! DC.

Youth leaders will serve on the Youth Leadership Team, which will consult with the adult leadership team to make decisions about GR!DC’s future priorities and actions. Youth Leaders commit to working with Girls Rock! DC for minimum six months (August 2020-January 2021). They can serve multiple terms, there is no limit. They will spend 4-8 hours per month on Youth Leader responsibilities. Youth Leaders will be compensated for their hard work with a stipend.

If you have questions about what it means to be a Youth Leader, please email

“Youth leadership is empowering because Girls Rock is for girls [and trans and gender nonconforming youth] and is now run by girls [and trans and gender nonconforming youth].”

Annabelle WYouth Leader & 2017 camper

Girls Rock! DC’s Youth Advisory Board gives young folks a voice in our programming.

At GR!DC we do all we can to make sure youth voices are heard, and for that, they need to be amplified.

The Youth Leaders will meet by zoom one or two times per month for about two hours each with other Girls Rock! DC adult leaders to plan Girls Rock! DC programs. Youth Leaders help with outreach and advertising for Girls Rock! DC. Youth Leaders also have the opportunity to design and lead workshops and other activities throughout the year.


1. Submit the application form by the deadline (August 4, 2020)
2. Participate on a zoom interview with Girls Rock! DC adult leaders (we’ll reach out to you!)
3. Stay tuned for announcement of new members (Late August)

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: Girls Rock! DC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, body type, physical ability, gender expression, or other individual identities in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships, and other Camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer policies and activities. All Camp activities will promote and maintain the personal and emotional safety of all campers and staff. We do not tolerate racism, homophobia, sexism, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.