We are pleased to announce that Girls Rock! Chicago will be holding two week-long camp sessions once again in 2018! Camp sessions will be:


Session One: Monday, July 9th to Sunday, July 15th, 2018
Camp Days: Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 13th
Recording Session: Saturday, July 14th
Showcase: Sunday, July 15th

Session Two: Monday, August 6th to Sunday, August 12th, 2018 
Camp Days: Monday, August 6th to Friday, August 10th
Recording Session: Saturday, August 11th
Showcase: Sunday, August 12th

Campers MUST attend all seven days to participate in camp!

WHERE: We’re excited to be back and hosting both camps at Suder Montessori, located at 2022 W. Washington Blvd., in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago. We welcome girls, transgender youth (any identity) and gender nonconforming youth ages 8 to 16 to join us for five days of instrument instruction and band practice, as well as a professional recording session with their band at Tribeca Flashpoint Studios and a performance at Thalia Hall.

Sign up for our 2018 camp season here: Girls Rock! Chicago Camp Application

Need more details? Contact our Program Coordinator, Jess LeMaster, at or (773) 289-2670.

Girls Rock! Chicago is Hiring!

Our Operations Manager of almost five years, Kit Curl, is sad to share that he’ll be leaving Girls Rock! Chicago in early April for a new position. He feels so fortunate to have been able to work with so many talented and passionate people over the last five years and is so grateful for everything he’s learned from this very special community.

That said, GR!C is now accepting applications for his position:

Girls Rock! Chicago is hiring a part-time Operations Manager to facilitate and supervise the year-round activities of the organization, including program logistics, financial planning, outreach, administrative duties, and fund development. This position reports directly to the Girls Rock! Chicago Board.

Job description is as follows:


– Coordinates with Board of Directors to maintain excellent status of the nonprofit’s designation and supporting documents
– Responsible for monitoring and maintaining finances for the organization, including all record keeping, monthly financial reports to the Board, budgeting, and adhering to 501c3 regulations in coordination with the Board Treasurer.
– Handles day-to-day tasks for the organization, including emails and general inquiries, and interacting with GR!C stakeholders, delegating to staff when necessary.
– Leads marketing strategy, including planning content for social and other digital media.
– Maintains donor database, trains and supports staff on database use, and ensures excellent database maintenance.
– Works with the Board and camp organizers to plan and execute major GR!C initiatives, including programs, fundraisers, outreach, and strategic planning.
– Provides supervision and project coordination for all staff, including the Events Coordinator, Gear Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator.
– Works with the Finance Committee on fund development planning and participates in fundraising committee activities, including prospect research, grant writing, campaign planning and solicitation.
– Serves as liaison between staff and board, attending monthly board meetings and other committee meetings as necessary (part of 25 hour work week).
– Flexible evenings and weekend for tabling, special events, preparation, and staffing


– Passionate about Girls Rock! Chicago’s mission and impact
– 2-4 years experience in a non profit organization, foundation, or government agencies
– Highly intelligent, creative, and excellent communicator
– Empathetic and respectful
– Extremely well-organized
– A solutions-oriented problem solver demonstrating wise judgement
– Capable of leading both paid and volunteer staff in a supportive and compassionate way
– Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities
– Proven ability to work with efficiency and flexibility
– Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people
– Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering
– Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
– Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings
– Self-starter, self-disciplined, able to work independently and prioritize
– Spark, imagination, creativity
– Remain focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations
– Financially literate; able to interpret documents such as organizational budgets
– Experience with Salesforce preferred but not required
– Fund development and/or grant writing experience a plus

$14.00 – $18.00 per hour with a maximum of 25 hours a week.

50 hours of Paid Time Off

20 hours of Paid Sick Leave

Please complete our web application: When complete, please send a cover letter and resume to

People of color, women, transgender people (regardless of identity), and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply.

No phone calls, please.

Girls Rock! Chicago (GR!C) is an equal opportunity employer. GR!C does not discriminate on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Girls Rock! Chicago complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Girls Rock! Chicago expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Girls Rock! Chicago’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Introducing Our Core Values

Girls Rock! Chicago is proud to share our fresh set of core values. Our organization agrees to uphold these ideals and use them as a resource for guiding all of our work:

We value diversity and inclusion; we seek to represent the demographics of Chicago and reflect the community we serve in all aspects of our organization.

We value the power of music as a vessel for culture and beliefs, and we use it to create personal and social change.

We value curiosity; we practice reflection and recognize the importance of pushing our learning and thinking in an ever-changing world.

We value equity in all forms; we stand strong in our unwavering commitment to social justice and anti-oppression work.

We value building leadership; we seek to play an active role in developing and empowering the next generation of youth who are doing important work in their communities.

We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls, women, gender non-conforming people, and transgender people of all ages.

We value empathy and compassion; we are dedicated to sustaining a supportive community and seek to understand the experiences of all our constituents.

Meet Katie, Our Outreach Coordinator!

We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our team, our volunteer Outreach Coordinator, Katie Teston through an interview with our Operations Manager, Kit Curl:

Kit Curl: Hi, Katie! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Girls Rock! Chicago.

Katie Teston: I’m Katie Teston. I grew up in Chicago, and I am currently studying sociology, American Sign Language, and music at DePaul University. I have been singing in operas, choirs, bands, and as a solo artist since I was ten years old. I love to sing–mostly jazz, blues, soul, and pop. I started at Girls Rock! Chicago as an intern and immediately fell in love with the mission. It is incredibly important to me that girls, gender non-conforming, and trans youth have a space to utilize music to express their ideas and feelings, while also learning the power of their voices in this world. It is important to me that all Chicago kids have the opportunity to experience music they want, and need it. I am the Outreach coordinator; I recruit campers and volunteers!

KC: And what are your career and/or life goals?

KT: I don’t have a clear cut picture of what I want, BUT I can say I want to be creating, performing, and teaching music!

KC: Tell us more about what made you fall in love with the Girls Rock! Chicago mission.

KT: Growing up in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system showed me how detrimental budget cuts are to students’ exposure to music. It also showed me how impactful music is to Chicago’s youth, and it brings me nothing but pure joy to be able to help create a space for them. I also love helping empower anyone who is oppressed! As a woman of color in the music industry, it is incredibly important to me that kids understand they have the same capabilities as anyone else out there.

KC: How will you connect that feeling to your work at Girls Rock! Chicago?

KT: I am excited to create a presentation to inform CPS students about GR!C! Our goal is to recruit people from all over Chicago!

KC: 2017 was your first summer volunteering with us. Do you have any favorite memories from camp?

KT: Our kids are funny beyond belief, so this is hard to narrow down. I do have a good moment though: My 8-11 year old band wrote a song called “We Are So Much More;” I feel like the title speaks for itself.

Session 2 2017 Band Practice
Katie leading band practice.

KC: It speaks volumes! If you’re comfortable sharing, do you remember the first injustice you faced because of your gender? Has that influenced you in any way to fight against oppression?

KT: I don’t have a specific moment in my mind, but I think I started realizing that I don’t like it when men treat me like i’m stupid when I was around six years old.

KC: It is heartbreaking how early we begin facing such oppression. But it can serve as a catalyst. Beyond Girls Rock! Chicago and your studies at DePaul, in what other ways are fighting for social justice in your life?

KT: I speak up. When I hear, see, or find people being oppressive in everyday life, I say something about it. I support people in my city! I protest.

KC: That is courageous! As you know, GR!C uses music as a tool for change. Can you tell us about the role that music plays in your life?

KT: My major and minors are dedicated to my desire to help people and create peace. Music is for me. It has been one of the major forces in my life that has made me unconditionally happy.

KC: And finally, who are your favorite musicians and/or bands?

KT: I’ve been listening to a lot of Iris Temple lately. I love listening to Lianne La Havas, SZA, Gibbz, Beyonce, Eryn Kane, Lake Street Dive, Etta James, Ella, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, The Black Keys, and so much more. I listen to a lot of R&B, listening to more hip hop.

You can talk to Katie about getting involved with GR!C at

KT and KT at the 2017 Session 2 Showcase
Katie & Volunteer Coordinator, Kelsey Truman.

Let's Rock! Camp Registration Now Open

Do you wish you had Girls Rock! Camp when you were younger? Do you want to learn the basics of a rock instrument and play in a band? Let’s Rock! Camp is for you! This is your chance to collaborate with other folks to form your own band and write an original song in a safe and judgement-free space. By the end of this weekend, you’ll feel ready to perform your song at one of the best music venues in the city, The Promontory! Empower yourself and all of your bandmates, just like Girls Rock! Chicago campers do!



Friday, February 16th – Monday, February 19th, 2018
Camp: Josephinum Academy (1501 N. Oakley Blvd, Chicago, IL)
End-of-Camp Extravaganza: The Promontory (5311 S. Lake Park Ave W, Chicago, IL)


Click here to see LR!C’s FULL Schedule