What We Do
Girls Rock NC provides music and empowerment programs to girls and women in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Our programs use music as a vehicle for building community and self-esteem. We accomplish this by focusing on the “three Cs”: creativity, confidence and collaboration.
In our ten years of programming, Girls Rock NC has held over forty music programs for girls in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Our campers have gone on to perform in successful bands and even take on leadership positions at camp. Girls Rock NC has roughly 80 active volunteers and a growing number of partners, sponsors, musicians, parents, activists, and mentors working together to build a strong community.
Girls Rock NC’s biggest program is Rock Camp for Girls, a one week summer program in which girls form bands, write original music with their peers, attend workshops, and perform their songs for the community at a concert at the end of the week. We also have a fall and spring After School Program and a Women’s Rock Retreat Weekend for adults. No musical instruments or experience are necessary to participate in any of these programs!
The first Girls Rock camp began in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Inspired by the Girls Rock model, over 40 organizations have since formed in cities across the globe, making up the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. In 2003, Girls Rock NC became the third organization in the world to provide this unique programming. Founding members Abigail Pearce, Amelia Shull, and Beth Turner held their first camp for 24 girls at Carolina Friends School. Girls Rock NC now serves roughly 180 girls each summer.
Community Outreach Director
J. Louise Newton holds a Bachelors of Arts in with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Louise also holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a licensed clinical social worker . Louise has worked in paid labor settings since 2003 offering gender-responsive treatment services and now works as a clinical therapist focusing on women’s trauma and addiction recovery. Concurrently, Louise has been a community organizer since 2000 co-founding and working with organizations towards gender equity and LGBTQI visibility and acceptance. She co-founded two youth-run showspaces in Asheville, North Carolina, promoting local and touring musicians. Louise is a vocalist and has recorded and toured in Asheville-based feminist punk and metal bands and currently sings for Janzig, a local all-lady metal band. Louise is a Durham native and an unapologetic feminist. This will be her fourth summer as Girls Rock NC staff and she has learned more about girls’ and women’s empowerment from the campers than anything you can read in a book.
Director of Operations
Hannah Shaw holds a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from George Mason University. Hannah has spent her career working in the nonprofit field and providing counseling to children and teenagers experiencing crisis and trauma. She has been directing Chapel Hill’s rock camps since summer of 2011, and leads Girls Rock NC’s workshops on DIY and Gender and Pop Culture. Hannah is a loud and proud feminist and is thrilled to be doing this important work with girls in the Triangle. She enjoys playing guitar, singing, sewing, and crafting with her hands. In addition to her work with Girls Rock, she is Executive Director of a nonprofit charitable giving organization called Rock to the Rescue, which holds large fundraisers for organizations all across the country. In her free time, Hannah provides animal care at Carolina Tiger Rescue and raises orphaned kittens.
Heather McEntire grew up in rural Green Creek, NC but called the Triangle home after receiving her BFA in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003. She has been involved with GRNC community since 2009, primarily directing after school and summer programs. Most of her time is spent writing music, lyrics, and performing across the globe in several local bands, including Mount Moriah and Bellafea. Seasonally, she also teaches music camp at Central Park School. Since 2007, she has co-run the local independent record label, Holidays for Quince. She currently lives in Durham with her sweet hound, Lou.
Collier Reeves has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College. She has since worked with youth in many different environments- teaching at a summer science camp, working with crews in the backcountry of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, working as an instructor for wilderness therapy organizations, coaching soccer, and working as a band manager and program director for Girls Rock NC. She currently runs a small farm in East Durham with her partner. Collier is excited and inspired by projects like Girls Rock NC and farming that allow for space to learn, grow, experiment, and express through movement and music. Collier is a banjo player, a guitar player, and a vocalist. She plays music as much as she can manage and has been in old time bands, indie folk bands, and is the lead guitar player in Creedence Queerwater Revival, a local all-lady, queer, southern rock band. This is Collier’s second summer with GRNC.
- Lori Paquette, Board Chair
- Amelia Shull, Secretary
- Kate Keheyes, Treasurer
- Abigail Sheriff, Board Member
- Beth Turner, Board Member
- Leslie Land, Board Member