We're so happy to be bringing back our Volunteer Spotlight series, where we tell you all about all the awesome folks that make Girls Rock! Rhode Island's magic happen! If you'd like to join our amazing volunteer team, you can visit our year-round volunteer page or Girls Rock Camp volunteer page (no musical experience necessary!) to learn more!
With that, we'd like to start off this Volunteer Appreciation Week with the totally awesome Roz Raskin, of Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes!
1. Who are you and tell us a little bit about yourself and your background with music?
I'm Roz Raskin and I am currently singing and playing keyboards (amongst other instruments) with the Rice Cakes. I come from a family of music lovers so I'd like to think it's in my blood. My dad put me into piano lessons when I was five and I continued til high school when I joined jazz bands and began improvising. I also picked up the guitar in middle school and began singing with friends and writing songs. I've always wanted to create interesting and catchy music, and I like to think I'm doing that in someway with the Rice Cakes.
2. What was your role at last years Girls Rock Camp?
Last year at Girls Rock Camp, I was the keyboard instructor.
3. What did you take away from your camp experience?
Girls Rock! RI is honestly one of sweetest experiences I've had in my life. The campers and the volunteers accomplish so much in so little time and it's pretty mind-boggling to witness how well everyone works together. I'm so proud to say that I got a chance to work with so many wonderful, giving, and talented women.
4. What was your favorite camp moment?
It's quite difficult to pick one moment out in particular. When I was in the group lessons, it was pretty awesome to see the girls working so hard knowing how little time we had.
5. Why should someone volunteer for Girls Rock! Rhode Island?
It's fun, rewarding, and all around kick ass. It's also very challenging. I had never taught so many girls by myself but I went with the flow. The girls were so eager to learn to play which made it easier to teach overall.
THANKS, ROZ!! YOU ROCK!!!
MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN!
Registration is now open for this summer's Girls Rock Camp! Sign up at our Girls Rock Camp page!
You can also apply to become a volunteer for Girls Rock Camp! Sign up at our Volunteer page!
Looking forward to rocking with you!
Awesome poster by Hannah Antalek!
Join us July 8th-12th for our 4th annual Girls Rock Camp for girls ages 11-18 at Rhode Island Philharmonic's Carter Center in East Providence!
Learn guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals, join a band, write an original song, and perform it live, all in just 5 days... no experience necessary!
Registration starts April 5th at 8am! It is first-come, first-served and need-based, so don't hesitate!
Thanks to the generous support of our Ladies Rock Campers (check out pics from their awesome camp on our Flickr page!), donors, and sponsors, we provide needs-based financial aid to 2/3 of our participants, so everyone has the opportunity to ROCK!
To get a taste of last year's camp, check out our Tumblr page.
To learn more, visit our registration page.
So many exciting things happening at GRR! headquarters!
First, we have LADIES ROCK CAMP, with registration starting Dec. 1st! Check out our Ladies Rock Camp page to register yourself or to give the gift of rock to someone you know!
We are also super excited to annouce the release of the second volume of our WOMEN WHO ROCK COLORING BOOK, underwritten by ION Audio! Just in time for the holidays! To grab one, you can visit our Etsy site, or stop by Craftland, Frog & Toad, or Alhers Design to pick one up! And don't forget to join us for the Women Who Rock Coloring Book Release Party at 186 Carpenter St. in Providence December 1st at 7pm! You can hear camp alums perform, draw on the walls of the gallery, sign up for Ladies Rock Camp, or buy your very own Coloring Book!
We also want to thank everyone who has given to our annual campaign so far! YOU ROCK! To join our supporters, visit our donate page.
Do you know how awesome you are?
You've helped us reach more girls and women this year with unique programming, helping girls and women thrive!
It's been a great year so far-- and it can only get better with your support!