The Creative Tracks team ventured to Mount Isa on the 16th of March 2014 to deliver a workshop addressing the substance abuse issue in the community. Workshops were delivered at the Flexi Learning Centre during the day and after school for the wider community.
Although many of the young people have issues with substance abuse and or mental health issues, the level of engagement was outstanding. The support from the teachers and staff from local agencies also contributed to the success of the program delivery.
Workshops included beatboxing, mc’ing, singing, song writing and art. The Creative Tracks team were able to share their personal journey and struggles with the participants, enabling a strong connection with the young people which in turn provided a safe space for them to share their struggles through the creative process.
We have many great to stories to share from these workshops but there is one that stands out. A young man we were working with has recently taken up boxing to assist him with ceasing his substance abuse. During the workshops he created a motivational song with our facilitator MC Kitch and producer James Williams to be used when he enters the boxing ring.
The second round of workshops will take place in mid-May and the team is looking forward to continuing to make a positive difference to the community of Mount Isa.
The greatest outcome that was communicated by the Head of School was that they had never seen a team of people engage the young people in such a positive and gentle way. They also saw major behavioural changes in many of their students in a very short time.