Making Change Through our Voices

Making Change Through our Voices

Regional Arts WA

Students from the Geraldton SHINE program collaborated with local singer and songwriter Sarah O’Malley to write and record a song.

They wrote a song expressing how they gained sisters and became better people through the program. The song was performed at their end of year graduation and taught them to communicate their creative ideas, input their life experiences, and learn the process of writing a song.

“[We] learnt that girls are so incredibly resilient when given the chance to talk about painful stuff, and how incredibly talented they are when given a project that is so important to them. The girls are on a high. They cannot believe that is them singing. They have said that now that they can see the outcome, and how fantastic it makes them feel, they want to produce another one. They want to tell their story over and over until they are listened to. Watching them come together and work as a team, a family, was overwhelming.”

A young First Nations girl sings into a microphone. She is wearing a purple blindfold and a black T-Shirt with SHINE written on it. Courage to sing. Photo courtesy of SHINE.

Project Name: Making Change Through our Voices presented by Drug Aware
Project Coordinators: Shakeera Berry and Natasha McNeill
Auspice: SHINE Inspire Achieve Belong Inc
Amount Approved: $4,000
Funding Program: Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Region: Mid West

Drug Aware YCulture Regional is funded by Healthway to promote the Drug Aware message.

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