If you’re a regular follower of our blog then you may remember the Right Track Hip Hop events we ran as part of Community Safety Month towards the end of last year. The events were such a huge hit that we decided to bring them back for 2016! Transit Officer Lawrence Hoxey and his crew came down to the One Step Closer program in Armadale on Friday nights throughout April to deliver those important rail safety messages using hip hop, rap and different musical instruments. The youth got involved with rap battles and built a rapport with Lawrence which helps to break down those barriers between young people and Transit Officers out there on the network.
Youth at the One Step Closer program in Armadale learnt all about the differences between graffiti and urban art on Friday night at workshops organised by the Right Track program.
They were joined by Indigenous Artist Jade Dolman who focused on traditional art and PTA employee and Urban Artist Amer El-Abed who ran workshops with the youth using stencils to create art on Right Track branded t-shirts.
National Youth Week will run between 9-17 April in Western Australia this year, with more than 100 events due to take place throughout the state. The theme for 2016 is SPARK and the KickstART Festival is sure to spark your imagination. Presented as part of National Youth Week, KickstART Festival will take place at Perth Cultural Centre and surrounding venues – and all activities and events have been developed and managed by young people.
The second Right Track Dance Party took place on Friday 18 March at Gosnells PCYC and this time we were joined by a special guest! Rail Safety Ambassador Jonathan Beninca who is in Perth to deliver rail safety presentations to young people in the area, also attended on the night. Not only did Jonathan speak to the youth about the importance of staying safe on and around public transport and the consequences of risk taking behaviour, he also got involved with some of the games and activities – which included choosing the best boy and girl dancer on the night.