About Y'all Rock Carbondale
about our organization
Y'all Rock Carbondale was started in 2014 as a way to offer young girls a way to express themselves through songwriting, musicianship, and camaraderie with other women and folks experiencing gender marginalization. Now in our eighth year we offer a one-week summer camp for girls and gender non conforming youth and a hybrid program/fundraiser Rock Roulette for adult women, trans, and gender non conforming folks.
Our summer camp is volunteer staffed by musicians, academics, and artists from the community. Campers experience small group instrument instruction, band practice sessions, workshops in arts, community empowerment, and self esteem, and locally-sourced, homegrown breakfast and lunch. Campers need zero musical experience. We provide instruments, instruction, and fun.
YRC is funded through community monetary and equipment donations and, importantly, tuition fees. Although full tuition is $300 per camper, we offer a sliding scale payment option ranging from $0.00 to $300. We ask that families consider what they can afford and contribute that amount. YRC will not turn any camper away for lack of funds, but we must receive a certain percentage of full tuition payments to cover camp expenses.
Our Youth Board Members were added in 2022 as a way to make sure the youth's opinions were being considered and spoken for. These members were voted for by the campers on the final day of camp.
Board of Directors
Hello! Isabella(she/her) here, but all my friends call me Isy. I first volunteered for Y'all Rock in 2021 and have gotten involved any way I can since then. I learned to play bass through Rock Roulette in 2022 and have continued to love playing to this day. I have always had a deep love and fascination with music and this organization has allowed me a closer relationship and insight into the process of creating music. I am also a visual artist and crafter and love to make things for others to enjoy. Y'all Rock provides a really magical and transformative experience for the campers and volunteers alike. I hope with my work I can open this experience up to more people in our community.
Vice President/ Programming Chair
Anna first became involved with YRC in 2018 when she participated in Rock Roulette. Since that magical experience of joining a band and performing with other folks in the community, she's excited to help empower youth so that they can experience that magic too. Anna’s in her last year of grad school where she’s pursuing a masters in library and information science. She currently works in adult and youth services at her local public library and also as a music archives assistant at UIUC. She enjoys swimming, making breakfast and porch-sitting with her two cats. She loves working on a team and collaborating with others to achieve a common goal: empowering youth and building community.
Camp Workshop Director
Hello! My name is Lauren Stoelzle (she/they) I was born and raised in Southern Illinois and am eager to continue my journey supporting and expanding Y’all Rock’s mission alongside an incredible group of people. One of the things I love most about Y’all Rock is the ability to continue to provide a safe, creative, healthy space for personal growth within the board, organization, for youth and our overall community!
For example, I adore our group agreements! Like "Ouch/Oops!" or "Move up, Move up!" These are so important. If you don't know what they mean, totally ask!
I am a filmmaker, activist and parent to 3 amazing people. I believe in transparency, supporting one another, and growth always being possible. I love sharing media literacy techniques with others and growing with our community. I have a passion for empowering both young and old to realize that their lives and stories are important.
I am Makenna Baxter and I'm very excited to be on the Y'all Rock board as the fundraising chair. I came to Carbondale six years ago and have attended almost every Y'all rock showcase. The community this non-profit creates within Carbondale and the surrounding area is amazing. Once I participated in the 2022 Rock Roulette showcase I knew I wanted to be apart of the team.
Hi! I'm Sophia :) My favorite things are Legos, jrpgs, and hardcore music. My goal in life is to learn all of the universe's secrets. My goal for Y'all rock is to help the y'all's rock. I am good at cables and amplifiers and loud guitars, and at being unapologetically myself. I'm always tryna stay connected in the local scene to help find shows for youth and past campers. I also stage manage and keep misogyny at bay during music events. When I'm not doing that, I produce music at home and play out in a band called Bunni.
Hi, I'm Nat(they/them)! I've lived in Carbondale for the last 10 years. I'm currently an art major at John A. Logan College. I started my involvement with Y'all Rock as a camper in 2018 and became a volunteer when I was finally old enough. I enjoy playing music and learning whatever I can. I believe Y'all Rock led me to have the confidence that I have today and by being a part of it, I hope to help our youth find and develop that confidence in themselves.