Excerpt from We Don’t Coast magazine. Photo by Admiral District.

Omaha Girls Rock is a summer camp and after-school program that is empowering young women through music and creative expression.

“It’s not just art for art’s sake. It’s about community connectiveness; it’s about developing and improving self-confidence,”says Melissa Wurth, a music lover and form classroom teacher who became OGR’s executive director in 2014.

Some of these girls had never been on stage or touched an instrument before coming to camps,” Melissa says.

“For them to get up in front of 300 people and power through, that brings a real sense of accomplishment.”

As it builds self-esteem, OGR, along with partners BFF Femme Fest, Hear Nebraska and Girls Inc., is also building our community of female performers.

Working together to make a better place for everyone – that is what no coasting looks like.

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