Hash It or Trash It

At Girls Rock Columbia, we work to provide a safe space where campers can explore their identities and express themselves–to recognize that these young women are real people with real ideas and, often, really strong feelings about those ideas. The question that frequently arises, then, is what do we do when those ideas and feelings that these girls express so powerfully clash? How does one make themselves heard while also maintaining the harmony of a happy, productive band?

Photo taken by Girls Rock Columbia camper

Photo taken by Girls Rock Columbia camper

To be a happy band, you have to be able to get along and accept other people’s ideas. If you disagree, you have to figure out a solution so you can stay in harmony. People don’t always agree and that is ok. One of the biggest challenges for all of us is to take a difficult situation and make it better.

By now, you probably know that Girls Rock camp is about more than music education. We want to empower girls and we feel super lucky if our guidance helps them reach their goals. At Girls Rock Columbia, we have a phrase:


Hash it or Trash it



Pretty simple, right? We think you should speak your mind, but we understand that you might be uncomfortable sharing your feelings. If you don’t want to express yourself, then accept the situation as it is and move on. No hard feelings. No whispers in the hallway. No rumors.

Conflict resolution is an important life skill. A wise person sees obstacles as something to overcome and not something to be limited by. The same goes for communication. We don’t allow other people the opportunity to really understand us, or to help us reach a solution, when we aren’t open about our struggles and our feelings. As girls and women, we are stronger when we are brave together.

Can you remember the last time you were really upset by someone? What did you do about it? Maybe Hash it or Trash it will help you next time.

Show us your POWER POSE!

Your body language tells people a lot about you. Some people even believe the way you carry yourself can change how your body functions. Power posing has been buzzed about since it was mentioned in Amy Cuddy’s influential 2012 Ted Talk. It can be, she explained, a powerful tool for success.

Girls Rock Columbia believes your power pose has the potential to awaken your self-confidence and inspire others to see the superstar within!

Says Executive Director Mollie Williamson, “We’re teaching the campers that they don’t have to apologize for holding their body confidently, and that it’s essential for them to make room for themselves in their communities.”



Mollie Williamson rocking the Girls Rock Columbia camp song at the Spring Fling GRC fundraiser for Midlands Gives. May, 2015


What is power? Is it defined by competition and domination, or is it something more? There is power in collaboration. There is power in vulnerability. There is power in celebrating those around you. For marginalized populations especially, there is power simply in daring to take up space in the world.

The very act of planting our feet and saying, “This is MY stake in the room/crowd/community and I BELONG here” is a defiant one–and needs to be engaged in daily.

Show us your power pose!

Upload a photo of your most powerful self to Facebook, Instagram and/ or Twitter and tag us! #GirlsRockColumbia or #GRCpowerpose