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Unique Jax Summer Camp Teaches Girls How To Rock

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Girls Rock Jacksonville
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It's your daughter's chance this summer to learn an instrument, form a band and rock out on stage.

Girls Rock Jacksonville teaches its young students how to play rock 'n' roll music, but ultimately, "it's about their empowerment and self-esteem," says organizer Ace Canessa.  

This summer is the third year Canessa and her business partner Meredith Tano have run the camp at Jacksonville's Waverly Academy.

"It's amazing to see how the girls blossom during the camp," said Tano. "They come in very quiet and by the end of the week, they're on fire!"

The week-long program serves girls ages 9-16 in the Jacksonville areas. During the week, campers learn an instrument, form a band and write a song which they perform at a showcase the Saturday following camp.

In addition, the girls will participate in workshops centered around empowerment and creativity such as, songwriting, image and identity, self-defense, 'zine-making and more, all designed to cultivate self-empowerment and positive identity development in the campers.

Girls Rock Jax is crowdfunding right now on Indiegogo to pay for equipment and scholarships.

Learn more GirlsRockJacksonville.org.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.