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WCNC | 'You’re truly accepted by everybody' | Nonprofit gets new name

By: Michelle Boudin

April 13, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-area nonprofit formerly known as Girls Rock recently decided to change its name to We Rock in an effort to be more inclusive.

We Rock is the local arm of the national organization and has been in Charlotte since 2014. It uses music to help young people express themselves -- empowering them by teaching them to play instruments.

In recent years, the organization's leadership team and some of the long-time campers realized the term “girls” in the name sent the wrong message.

“Girls Rock really genders what we’re doing, and that’s the opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish,” Georgia Foley, who is a high school junior who has been participating in the organization’s camps since she was 13, said.

For years, We Rock has pledged to help young people feel comfortable in their own skin.

“It’s such a great environment," Foley said of the organization. "You’re able to express who you are without any repercussions. You’re truly accepted by everybody.”

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