Respect. We’ve just released our latest collaboration with Reach1 Teach 1’s DJ Trooth and a group of young aboriginal women from Girls Academy. This hip hop track and music video was written and recorded by the young women at Girls Academy urging their peers to “just show a little respect” on the bus and train network.
The students were given the opportunity to build their musical skills, write and record a hip hop track, and storyboard, film and act in a professional-quality music video. PTA spokesman David Hynes said the track built on Right Track’s aim of fostering respect between young passengers and transit officers on the public transport network.
“This pilot project is a continuation of Right Track’s existing hip hop program, which was created with one of PTA’s transit officers, Lawrence Hoxey,” Mr Hynes said.
“An artist in his own right, Lawrence has seen how music can bridge the gap between young people and our security staff, which is a major goal of Right Track. It’s a two-way street for us – building respect and positive relationships between our young passengers and our staff is a win for everyone on the Transperth network.”
Girls Academy group leader Tara Morrison said the program had had a noticeable effect on the students, particularly how often they went to school. “The program’s impact on attendance was great,” she said. “One of the students was on 25 to 30 per cent attendance last term and she’s now on 72 per cent.
Share it out with your friends and network and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We think they did a pretty awesome job.