Since 2013, Girls Rock! Des Moines has been empowering girls and gender expansive folx through music, educational workshops and collaboration.


Our Purpose

We lift up the unique voices of girls through creative expression. We believe each one of our friends should have a chance to celebrate their one-of-a-kind identity, their own inner strength and creativity and connect to the world around them through music education, innovative programming and performance. We encourage girls to explore their inner rocker, develop creative habits, and discover what inspires them.  At GR!DSM, every rocker gets to share their unique voice with the world - because every girl's voice rocks.

Our Culture

We inspire girls to use their own unique voices to rise and reach for their own endless possibilities in an atmosphere of respect, positive language and energy. We encourage curious minds to share ideas, and we embrace diversity, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or birth-assigned sex. We support personal growth, positive body image, and awareness of self and others. We provide leadership opportunities that cultivate passionate, supportive peers and mentors. We advocate for social change through the empowerment of folx who experience gender oppression or marginalization, and work to develop life skills through music performance and creative opportunities.

Our Community

We collaborate as parents, teachers, musicians, artists, and volunteers to give girls the creative freedom to discover strengths, achieve dreams, and realize their own power to change the world. Our community encourages the advocacy of social change and the development of life skills through music performance and education while promoting awareness throughout our community of how girls can and will become the individuals that change the face, hearts and minds of the world we live in.  We build the Girls-Rock-solid foundation that enables us to deliver life-changing creative experiences. Everything we do emanates from our passion for the empowerment of girls; their voices drive our inspiration.


The first Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls was founded in 2001 by a Portland State University student as a summer day camp. In 2003, the organization moved into its own space in Northeast Portland and, in an effort to further fulfill the mission of the organization, launched the Girls Rock Institute, an after-school program that provides more opportunities for girls to get involved throughout the year.  Currently, there are over 100 camps around the world.

Founded in 2013, GR!DSM modeled its Summer Day Camp after the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls.  In its first year of programming, GR!DSM held one session and served 23 girls. In it’s second year, GR!DSM held two camp sessions and served 35 girls and provided over $7000 in scholarships. As the organization continues to grow, community partnerships and ongoing support have helped enable GR!DSM Year Round Programming which strives to meet the needs of girls across Des Moines and surrounding communities.