Girls on the Mic cultivates the next generation of women recording artists and engineers by providing girls, ages 8-18, with women mentors and sound recording technology to facilitate small-scale recording projects that mirror professional activities. WAM works with Bay Area Middle Schools and community organizations to bring 6-18 weeks of music and technology-based curriculum to over 650 girls a year.
WAM currently partners with Thomas Edison Charter Academy, Citizens Schools (United for Success - Oakland, Cesar Chavez Academy - East Palo Alto, Lionel Wilson Prep. Academy-Oakland), Buena Vista Horace Mann Middle School, Everett Middle School - Beacon Program, Aim High, Streetside Stories/Samoan Community Development Center, Girls, Inc, Tech Bridge and a rapidly growing list of new partners. We use a specific skill and learning outcomes model and work to integrate our training with the fundamental skills being taught at each partnering school or organization for maximum educational achievement.
Girls on the Mic classes are held at the WAM facility or at the partnering organization's facility year round and are FREE to participants. Classes are scheduled directly with partnering schools or organizations.
For the spring semester, Girls on the Mic will be partnering with Buena Vista Horace Mann for their Middle School Seminar Series. Each week for 15 weeks, Girls on the Mic staff will bring WAM equipment to BVHM for girls to create their own radio plays, recreate dialogue and foley sound for a cartoon clip, write and produce their own songs on a 4 track recorder and Garage Band, and more.
After an incredible music production workshop last fall, Oasis for Girls has signed up for a full semester of workshops with Girls on the Mic! Oasis for Girls is an after school/ summer program that partners with girls and young women to help them cultivate the skills and confidence to discover their dreams and build strong futures. Learn more here.
Aim High, the Bay Area's largest summer program provider for at risk youth in the Bay Area, has partnered with Girls on the Mic once again this year. This marks our fifth year anniversary with the Aim High program! The summer intensive will run through the end of July.
WAM is excited to partner with the West Bay Pilipino Center this summer for an 8-week workshop series, where girls will create radio dramas, produce and record their own songs, learn about live sound and sound for film, and more!
WAM is excited to begin a partnership with the Cal-safe (California School Age Families Education) program in Oakland this summer. Cal-Safe is a program that serves expectant and parenting students aged 13 to 18 who have not completed high school and who live within the Oakland school district.
The program's overall goals are to enable motivated students to complete their high school education, to learn to provide a safe and caring environment for their young children, to secure gainful employment, and ultimately become fully self-reliant.