WARREN - Girls learned confidence, teamwork and musical skills during the third annual Girlz Rock Camp, according to camp officials.
Terry Morgan, event coordinator, said 48 participants attended the weeklong camp held at the STEAM Academy.
She said the event was designed to help girls gain confidence and self-respect while working with others, learning about health and nutrition, and gain experience as a small band performing an original song they created.
"It's about empowering girls,'' Morgan said.
The girls practiced their songs through the week, went through a dress rehearsal at the David Grohl Alley and attended a photo shoot, she said. The final performance was at the amphitheater in front of an audience.
"This year we have 50 girls in nine bands. It's our largest group," Morgan said.
Morgan said she noticed that many of the girls made new friends with girls from different parts of Warren.
Amisha Moore, 13, said she gained more confidence about music.
"I liked hanging out with new girls. It was fun to get to know everyone,'' she said.
Alesha Williamson, 13, said she learned how to play different musical instruments and although she liked the guitar she was a vocalist for her band.
Karina Mallory, 13, who played the guitar in her group, said the most fun was making the music.
"You get to experience what a celebrity and singer does,'' Mallory said, noting it was fun but at times frustrating.
Morgan said the event was a combination of working with the YWCA of Warren, STEAM Academy, and volunteers from the community. Larry's Pawn Shop provided the musical instruments.
She said the week was a combining of music with empowerment.
''Many of them started the week with no musical experience and learned to play instruments and create their own original song,'' Morgan said.
The goal of the camp is to provide positive images of girls and women while using their imagination and creativity and musical abilities.