Success Stories


Omaha Girls Rock curriculum is designed to empower young women through arts education.  We help girls to develop a sense of self-efficacy as they work through the creative process.  A growing body of research shows that girls in particular benefit form empowerment through music.



Omaha Girls Rock (OGR) is a nonprofit that provides Omaha’s female-identifying youth with music-based Summer Camp and Afterschool programming… but we’re about so much more than just music.


Our curriculum is designed to empower young women through arts education. We help girls to develop a sense of self-efficacy as they work through the creative process. A growing body of research shows that girls in particular benefit from empowerment through music.


We serve young women in the Omaha area. Among our participants, an array of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds are represented. Over 50% of our campers receive full or partial scholarships in order for us to reach any and all populations with our message. Our two summer camps can accommodate approximately 100 campers, while our after school programs will ultimately have the capacity to reach even more Omaha middle schoolers as they continue to evolve and grow.


"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


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.