New Year, We're Here!

Program Director, Kat Ludwick (far left), at 2018’s Little Girls Rock camp.

Program Director, Kat Ludwick (far left), at 2018’s Little Girls Rock camp.

A new year can mean a lot of things to different people. For many, it’s a time of year to reflect on the past, consider the present, and work on building the future. While we’ve done a lot of the introspective work, Omaha Girls Rock! is now in the building stage and we're so excited to show off what we’ve put together so far for Omaha’s youth! Hear directly from Program Director, Kat Ludwick, about three major developments that launched in January alone that we can now check off our resolution list.

1. Began Session 1 of Extended Learning at Girls Inc. – Check!

From January 8 to March 14, a select group of girls and/or non-binary youth are participating in 3 sessions a week for over 2 hours each to focus on keys, drums, and collaborative song-writing with the guidance of dedicated mentors. What else will they be learning?

”Students at Girls Inc will collaborate, compose, and perform an original song using skills and knowledge gained from group instrument instruction, as well as learn about relevant femmes who play their instrument,” Kat said. “Students develop self-efficacy through the challenge of learning an instrument, practicing, and believing they can succeed after performing their song and accomplishing that action. Through the collaboration classes, students will develop teamwork and leadership skills, conflict resolution, and positive peer relationships.”

 

Be on the lookout for an update on our social media towards March as we look back on how the session went!

A student learning drums in the first week of Girls. Inc programming.

A student learning drums in the first week of Girls. Inc programming.

2.  Started Little Girls Rock! After-School Programs – Check!

Starting on January 14 in tandem with our partner Kids Can, OGR was thrilled to announce the expansion of our after-school outreach and help make learning happen year-round. Now that we are no longer exclusively in middle schools, we’re able to teach even the smallest youths that their voices matter on a weekly basis at 3 different locations.

“With the addition of Little Girls Rock to our Summer Camp programming, we felt it was important to stay consistent and reach out to the Elementary Schools with Kids Can, in order to amplify the youngest voices as well,” Kat said. “Mari Seeger is our Little Girls Rock Program Manager and has developed thoughtful and impactful curriculum involving learning how to play the ukulele using popular songs as well as group composition of an original song. These young rockers at Wakonda, Miller Park, and Nelson Mandela will be working hard for 16 weeks to develop their skills and showcasing them at the end of the year.”

If you know a youth who’s participating in the program, ask them how they get to flex their musical muscles with friends!

Kids from LGR circled ‘round to observe ukulele instruction after school!

Kids from LGR circled ‘round to observe ukulele instruction after school!

 3. Applications launched for 2019 summer camp volunteers and campers – Check!

That’s right – our renowned summer camps are being prepped as we speak, and the apps are rolling in! Look below for all relevant links:

Little Girls Rock! Summer camp will be happening June 17-21. Click here for programming description and enrollment details.

LGR camp volunteer app – here

LGR camper app – here

Omaha Girls Rock! Summer youth/teen camps will happen July 8-13 for ages 13-16, and July 15-20 for ages 10-12. Click here for more information about what camp will entail and registration requirements.

OGR camp volunteer app – here

OGR camper app – here

If you’ve been to either camp before, you might be wondering what, if anything, will be different about camps this summer. Kat’s response?

“Every year is different at camp! We are very much looking forward to our second year with Little Girls Rock Camps. Those camps will extend their time by a bit to be sure that campers and volunteers feel that they have enough time to create that magical safe space in which to create, as well as to express themselves and work on skills. 4-6 year olds camp will be from 8:30am-11am daily, and 7-9 year olds camp will be from 12-4 daily. 

 “We are also looking forward to exiting new workshops, community speakers, and performers for Youth and Teen Camp as well as focusing on the Herstory-Ourstory Project for Teen Camp developed by Darcy Covert, our Herstory-Ourstory Project Manager. That project takes the place of workshop time and allows bands to find their unique voice to figure out how they want to make an impact in our community, find the medium they want to use to create it, and present it. All in all, it will be another fantastic, electric, and meaningful summer of camps!”

 Be sure to send in your app(s) today and tell your friends and family! Between developing new skills, relationships, and perspectives, there’s nothing not to love about a #summerwithOGR.

A band of campers that formed during the 2018 summer camp with some rad band tees.

A band of campers that formed during the 2018 summer camp with some rad band tees.

4. Stay Faithful to the Mission and Vision – Check!

So, it’s great to have step-by-step goals. But what is it that OGR’s trying to accomplish, exactly? Why now in 2019, and to what does this all lead?

 “Our goal is empowering girls and non-binary youth to find their unique voice through music education, creativity, and performance,” Kat said. “These new programs and solidify partnerships and expand ages we serve as well as reach out to new young folks who may not have heard of us or thought they had access to our programming. Our aim is to be a year-round fixture in the arts learning community and achieve a great impact with Omaha youth.”


OGR Intern, Peyton Wells