CoMo Girls Rock camp teaches empowerment, leadership through creative expression

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 12:11 p.m. CDT; updated 5:23 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 11, 2014
CoMo Girls Rock is a week-long summer camp for girls ages 12 to 18 to teach them empowerment through creative expression, musical exploration and performance.

COLUMBIA – The aimless strumming of guitars and scattered drumbeats filled the halls of the Columbia Area Career Center on Tuesday afternoon on the second day of CoMo Girls Rock.

Now in its second year, the program is a week-long summer camp for girls ages 12 to 18 to teach them empowerment through creative expression, musical exploration and performance, according to the program's website.

The camp offers leadership opportunities and promotes self-esteem through workshops, music and friendship. Girls who attend have the opportunity to make friends and perform music as well as learn about and discuss women's issues.

"It's so fun," Raven Buckley, 13, said. "Sometimes it's hard to find other people to play with, but here, it's easier."

Raven has been a musician since she picked up the violin as a second-grader, but she found her talent with the drums when she was 8. This is her second year at the camp, but this year, instead of drums, she's rocking the bass guitar.

"I'm kind of shy at home, but here I can just play and express myself," Raven said. 

On Saturday, Buckley and the other girls from the camp will show off their skills in a showcase at The Blue Note.

The video below shows highlights from last year's camp and showcase. Click here to read Missourian coverage from the first year of CoMo Girls Rock.

Supervising editor is Peter Marek.

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