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BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Application

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Application

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BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
is now accepting new applicants for the 2009-2010 school year!
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
Inc.’s
mission is to promote the arts for young women of color between the ages of 12 and 17and to encourage positive life changing activity, critical thinking, and dialogue about the images of women in ourpresent day culture. By providing alternative options and role models, and offering support through discussion,education, counseling, internships, mentoring and advocacy, our mission is to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color, thereby changing their out-look on life, broadening their horizons and helping them toempower themselves through the arts and entertainment.The requirements for enrollment in the program are as follows:
 
Females between the ages of 12 and 17
 
Have a strong interest in music (DJing/Poetry/Art and Hip-Hop culture)
 
Be of African descent (African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, Afro-Arab, Afro-European, etc.)
 
Girls and their parents/guardians have fill out the attached application
 
A parent/guardian must accompany their child on the first day of the programBelow are descriptions of the scheduled programs offered (girls are encouraged to participate in all activities):
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! SCRATCH DJ ACADEMY PROGRAM
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! in conjunction with the Scratch DJ Academy conducts a year-round out-of-school comprehensivemusical program that incorporates technical DJ training and musical education for girls enrolled in the BGRmentoring program. Combining copy written curriculum, hands-on training, and celebrity DJ instructors, theBGR!/Scratch DJ Academy program offers an incredible opportunity for amateur and aspiring music enthusiasts tolearn how to DJ, from mixing and blending, to scratching and beat juggling. The classes are half lecture and half laband provide students with the highest level in DJ and music production education. The girls also have weekly musicresearch assignments. Complete courses with classes comprised of 20 young women will run weekly on Saturdaymornings for six weeks. The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Scratch DJ Academy program is an ideal opportunity for youngwomen to develop their creativity through acquired musical skills and highly structured production workshopsguided by master DJs and celebrity guest producers. Designed to build self-esteem and cooperative skills,participants explore various musical art forms, techniques, and processes through a succession of music classes.
Dates: TBA
Course Length: 6 classes (70 minutes per class)
Location
: Scratch DJ Academy: 434 Sixth Ave. (2nd Floor) between 9th St. and 10th St.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
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POETRY WORKSHOP ‘I RHYME LIKE A GIRL’
 
Taught by ‘Rhyme Like a Girl’ founder, international champion of hip
-hop culture Toni Blackman, The BLACK GIRLSROCK!
‘Rhyme Like A Girl’ spoken w
ord program is a three-hour workshop that takes place once a week for 6-weeksessions. Through a structured training program the workshop provides artistic development and performanceopportunities where participants acquire discipline, performance, presentation, and critical thinking skills;leadership training techniques that will empower young women to function as leaders within the hip-hopcommunity and the world; skills to become effective social activists; and educational activities that will preparethem to be at the head of a movement of female artists who define their own images.
 
 Techniques and supplies include specially selected texts, resource books (dictionaries, thesauruses) theaterexercises, media as well as the incorporation of other art forms to encourage the process.
Goals:
 
 
To build self-esteem, nurture artistic gifts and foster personal growth of program participants
 
To provide avenues that lead participants to a stronger sense of self and ability
 
To groom participants to be "stage ready" and confident public speakers
 
To create a collaborative CD of the participants' best and completed works from the program as a keepsakeas well as proof of this tangible accomplishment participants have made collectively and individually*A light snack or lunch will be provided.*
Date/Time:
TBA
Duration:
Approximately 3 hours
Location:
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Loft in Brooklyn: 48 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
‘TASTE THE WORLD’ PROGRAM
 
“Making the foreign familiar through an in depth understanding of the vibrant techniques and culture of the foods of the world.” 
 
The BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
‘Taste the World’ program predisposes young women to different cultures through their
sense of taste. Taking advantage of the diverse multicultural experiences of New York City, The BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
‘Taste the World’
program will allow BGR! program participants to experience the unique delicious cuisines of various ethnic groups and get information detailing the origins and cultural relevance of these fine foods whileobserving the traditional etiquette of the culture. Once a month, girls will receive a gourmet tour moderated byvarious cultural culinary experts. As they savor an array of delicious flavors from the around the world they will alsobe educated on cultural customs, norms, etiquette,
 
and become well-rounded individuals accepting of othercultures as they interact with America's melting pot and prepare to visit abroad.
Date/Time:
TBA
DURATION:
Approximately 3 hours
LOCATION:
Various ethnic restaurants and specialty food shops in New York City
FOOD:
Delicious food specialties and traditional authentic style cuisine served family style
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
& REHAB PROJECTS “HITMAKERS” SUM
MER CAMP 2010
 The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Hitmakers Summer Camp was designed to create a unique experience through music foryouth aged 12-17. Participants will create a collaborative music project with other young musicians, learn moreabout the professional music business and the process of creating music. Students will spend TWO weeks workingon creating their own original music. They will learn how music producers of today create songs using a combinationof computers, software, and traditional instruments. In creating their own music, students will work with
Propellerhead’s Reason software and Ableton Live. They will do all of their own instrumentation using the same
tools that most professional studios and producers use today. They will learn how to use MIDI and incorporate a 25-key, keyboard as well as use a drum machine. By the end of the 2 week, 10 day program, students will have createda minimum of one
completed song that will be mixed and mastered with a professional engineer at Red Bull’s state
of the art music studio in Santa Monica. This track will then be pressed down to 500 CDs and distributed, along with
all of the student’s songs at the end of the camp.
Students will also learn the basics of distribution and promotion inorder to share their music with the world.
 
Other Activities
 Students will be engaged in countless other activities involving music and their project both indoors and outdoors tokeep the day fun and exciting. These include but are not limited to:
 
Educational documentaries pertaining to the subject manner of their project, enhancing their culturalawareness
 
Song writing with local artists in an outdoor, creative, and inspirational setting
 
Trivia games surrounding the material that the students will be learning throughout the camp to helpreinforce the subject matter and build camaraderie
 
Field trips to vinyl stores to experience the culture first hand and search for material for their projects
 
Guest speakers and specialists to enhance and enrich the experience
 
Studio time
in Red Bull’s state of the art studio in Santa Monica
 Individual scholarships are offered to qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis based on availablesponsorship dollars and an essay application process. 80% of the slots are offered to low income households.
DATE: Summer 2010Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBLACK GIRLS ROCK! NORTH EAST COLLEGE CAMPUS TOURS
THE BLACK GIRLS ROCK! College Tour is an engaging and informative college prep program that offers students afirst-hand look at colleges and universities throughout the North East region detailing programs, facilities andinstitutional advantages. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! will arrange and conduct escorted tours of college campuses for groupsof high school students enrolled in the BGR! program. BGR! will perform a wide variety of services in connectionwith these tours, including organizing and presenting orientation workshops; preparing college selection workbooks;designing tour itineraries; arranging transportation; arranging hotel accommodations if needed; arranging on-campus activities, visits with admissions officials and faculty; and providing professional educators and/or studentsto accompany the students and enrich their campus visits.
DATE: Fall 2009
 
LOCATION:
Harvard University, Boston University, Northeastern University, MIT, Boston College, Tufts University,Berklee School of Music, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, Yale University,Wesleyan University, Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College,Parsons School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, DrexelUniversity Villanova University, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art. Georgetown Universityor George Washington University, Howard University, American University, University of Maryland.
About BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501c3 non-profit youth empowerment, mentoring organization established to promotethe arts for teenage women of color and to encourage dialogue as well as promote analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. The organization was founded as a reaction to the commonplace images of Blackwomen in videos magazines and other visual media. All too frequently mass media portrayals of Black womenparticularly in hip-hop culture promulgate hyper-sexualized, misogynistic impressions of women-as-objects withlittle worth beyond their physical attributes. These images have actively affected the way many of our youth viewthemselves today. The goal of this organization is to draw much needed attention to the state of emergency thatexists in the inner cities in the US concerning young women of color and bring about awareness and change in theway in which young women are being portrayed in hip hop culture, entertainment, and media. By speaking to thenext generation their formative years about issues of self-worth, goals, and aspirations the organization reinforcesthe message that young women need not objectify themselves or relinquish their autonomy.
 
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!has boldly taken on the crisis of our female youth of color here in America head on and understands the need forpositive self-images and a strong sense of awareness. WE SEE SOLUTIONS.

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