Music and creativity help girls to develop valuable life skills


"We have reached the point in this organization that girls are “graduating” out and making a mark on their community through social activism & community participation, as well through their artistic and academic success. “ - Melissa Wurth, Executive Director


Growth Mindset

Free expression through the arts has been linked to an increased sense of accomplishment & self-confidence that helps students to succeed in other content areas. The arts teach students how to turn barriers into opportunities, to persist in the face of challenges, and motivate students to achieve mastery of skills. 


Arts-integration and music aid in the development of abstract reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Just listening to music helps the brain to visualize and mentally manipulate patterns - a skill necessary for solving multi-step problems. 


In one study, at-risk students who participated
in an after-school arts program were less likely to engage in risky, delinquent, and/or violent behavior.


A growing body of evidence shows that arts education helps students learn and refine language & literacy skills. 


Students who participate in arts education develop traits of active, independent citizens & have been shown to have a greater understanding of the issues in their community & their power to contribute to creative solutions.


Closing the Gap: Cultivating Self-Efficacy 

Women face a unique obstacle in life - a glaring gap in confidence between the sexes. Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, predict they’ll do worse on tests, and generally underestimate their abilities.1 A significant body of research demonstrates the devastating consequences of this confidence gap.1


It just so happens that confidence contributes to success just as much as competence. So, it’s not surprising, that despite making some great strides, women are still largely underrepresented in positions of power. The good news is that with work, confidence can be acquired - and the gap, in turn, can be closed. Our aim at OGR is to instill in each of our campers the growth mindset she needs to succeed. Potential can be greatly affected by the perceptions girls hold about themselves.

A belief that intelligence and talent are something we are born with and cannot be changed can negatively impact learning and growth. In a growth mindset, girls believe that through perseverance and hard work, knowledge and skills are things that can be developed. A girl with a growth mindset enjoys learning and looks forward to a challenge.

Omaha Girls Rock is focused on developing the self-efficacy of young girls in our community. We achieve this via the intellectual & emotional challenges presented by music and creativity. Our programming creates a uniquely supportive environment where the focus is primarily on process/effort, rather than on results.

Growth Mindset means saying “I CAN if I TRY.” At Omaha Girls Rock, we believe in this message to foster positive self esteem, communication & future thinking. 




Omaha Girls Rock (OGR) collaborates with a number of community arts and nonprofit organizations that are committed to educating and empowering girls and young women in the Omaha community.

Every year, we work with
HEAR NEBRASKA through joint fundraising efforts, cross promotion, and sharing expert resources to enhance each others' programming. A band from each OGR camp session is selected to play at the annual Maha Music Festival in August.

INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES and AY SPIVEY work to educate our volunteers and campers about tolerance, understanding identities and embracing difference.  Our volunteers are better representatives for our campers to continue our value of acceptance.

We also collaborate with GIRLS INC. OF OMAHA, serving many of their students through scholarships at our summer camps and programming. This allows us to reach many young women who would not otherwise have opportunities to benefit from OGR's unique and impactful programming.

Thank you to these organizations and companies for their continued support and partnership:









We're making an impact, thanks to continued support & generosity from YOU, the Omaha community.