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TEDxBloomington -- Lindsay Manfredi -- "Girls Rock Indy"

Lindsay Manfredi is one of the co-founders of Girls Rock Indianapolis, a non-profit rock n roll day camp dedicated to building positive self-esteem and encouraging creative expression through music in girls ages 9-16. The Girls Rock Indianapolis program provides girls an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors. Girls Rock Indy is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance that reigns out of Portland, OR and started 10 years ago. It has since become an international program with camps in cities around the country as well as Canada and Sweden.In July of 2010, Girls Rock Indianapolis hosted its first camp with the staff comprised entirely of supporters and volunteers. 40 campers received instruction on guitar, bass, drums or vocals. Each camper became part of a band, worked with their band to write and perform their own original song, and performed that song to a sold-out, standing room only showcase at the end of the week. The campers also took part in various workshops taught by local women that related to body image, team building, empowerment, zine making, t-shirt design/making and more. The 2011 camp is scheduled to take place in July and serve 60 campers this year.Lindsay's presentation at TEDxBloomington outlines how Girls Rock Indy helps girls ages 8-16 learn how to love themselves positively and have good self esteem, using music as the tool. Part of the national Girls Rock organization, the camp includes sessions on body image, self-defense, and the practical applications of zine making, promotions as well as instrument instruction, songwriting, and band practice. About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBloomington, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBloomington event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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