Building socially just community with girls, transgender youth, and gender expansive youth by developing leadership, fostering self-esteem, and encouraging creative expression through music.

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The Rachel Rosen Memorial Fund

Rachel Rosen was born and raised in New York but chose Chicagoland to raise her two sons with her husband Dan. A lifelong lover of music, in 2014 Rachel finally traded sides from the audience to the stage, joining up with friends to form a cover band. Rachel sang and played guitar, and brought a fierce passion and amazing energy to every show, every rehearsal, every backyard informal jam. It was a fitting coda to a remarkably inspiring life, filled with adventure, art, music, devoted friendships, and intense love for her family. In January 2020, Rachel passed away after more than a decade fight against breast cancer. One year later, her family and friends established the Memorial Fund in her honor to help Girls Rock! Chicago continue to empower young musicians from all over the Chicago area, regardless of ability to pay. This fund will cover a variety of needs – from helping support a diverse and talented volunteer pool to purchasing gear and equipment. Please honor Rachel’s legacy and help support Girls Rock! Chicago.

Donate to the Rachel Rosen Memorial Fund