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Hip-hoppin' in Carnarvon! Local children produce empowering music video

Published: July 03, 2023 9:09am

Local kids in Carnarvon are showing the world that respect goes a long way with their fresh new hip-hop song, ‘Living with Respect’!

Carnarvon PCYC partnered with ABC Foundation, Muso Magic Outback Tracks and Australian rock artist Adam Thompson to provide an opportunity for local children and community members to sing, perform and record a song and create an accompanying music video.

Not only is the tune catchy, but it's full of powerful messages about living with respect and gratitude. Featuring lyrics such as “Trust and kindness from inside us, that’s how we got to treat each other,” and “We are better when we stand as one, proud and strong we all belong,” young people got to learn more the value of respect throughout the process of creating and performing this high-energy beat.

Muso Magic Outback Tracks have been creating songs and filming music videos with young people in regional and remote communities for over ten years to educate and engage local people about empowering topics.

In addition to awesome music projects, Carnarvon PCYC is busier than ever running community football, basketball, badminton, and more!

Centre Manager Gordon Musulin has expanded the PCYC team, welcoming Youth Services Coordinator, Keneth Phillips and Activities Coordinator, Genevieve Burnett. He's also hired six local Youth Workers, five of whom are Indigenous, to facilitate activities.

All the Youth Workers interacted with PCYC when they were in school, participating in recreational activities or youth programs. As they came to PCYC when they were younger, they are able to draw on their own experiences to connect with young people and make PCYC a fun, safe and motivating place.

The Kingsford Lions football program also continues to be a great success with up to 25 young people aged ten to fifteen attending training and games.

Men’s basketball is also popular with around fifteen young men aged fifteen to twenty-five playing games regularly. The women’s basketball program will kick off in the next couple of weeks, allowing girls the opportunity to get involved in the sport and show off their skills!

Badminton is open to anyone over fifteen years old and runs on Monday and Tuesday nights at the Centre. The PCYC team is also planning a dance program and is currently taking expressions of interest for a volleyball tournament.

To continue addressing the challenges facing Carnarvon and get a greater understanding of the community’s needs, a new Community Advisory Committee was established in April. The committee includes PCYC staff, WA Police Officers, representatives from other not-for-profit organisations, and community members. The local stakeholders meet regularly to share information and develop solutions together to support young people in the community and reduce youth crime.

Gordon and the team at Carnarvon PCYC are proud of what they’ve accomplished and excited to create more programs and activities for children and young people in Carnarvon.