Rap 4 change
Our vision is to help educate young people in the awareness of current social concerns through rap music, motivational speaking and interactive audience participation.
Rap 4 Change (R4C) was founded in 2015 by Ned Narouz. The idea came about after he completed his Cert IV in Community Services. He was in the process of delivering a youth program at Tregear Public School in Mt Druitt, Western Sydney.
Ned coordinated a disco for the students and sourced local Hip Hop artists to perform original tracks. After seeing the way, the artists interacted with the students, and how engaged and excited the students were, Ned was inspired to implement an initiative to raise awareness of the current social concerns affecting many young people today in our society.
“Seeing my daughter’s confidence skyrocket because of Rap 4 Change’s programs has motivated me to pay it forward to other children who may be struggling”.
R4C is a non-for-profit charity youth organisation. Mid 2015 R4C started with only 4 staff members. Due to the high demand and popularity in our programs, we now have over 16 staff members, this includes paid staff and volunteers.
Rap 4 Change helps young people who are at risk of being disengaged from schools, homes and/or communities, R4C also work with young people in dealing with issues of substance abuse, racism, peer pressure, and all types of bullying and self-harm, throughout (but not limited to) a range of creative arts, music, sports and health and fitness programs.
R4C Strongly pride ourselves on influencing and impacting young people to make positive choices in all aspects of life.
R4C run a few different programs (Workshops) to address the needs in our Schools, Homes and Communities.
“We just moved into the area and my daughter had no friends, when she started attending Rap 4 Change’s workshops, she completely lit up and now she has so many lifelong friends”.
Here is some of the organisation that we have provided our programs for:
- Schools (Both Primary and High)
- Juvenile Justice Detention Centres (One of our biggest clients)
- NSW Police
- FACS (Family and Community Services)
- WSU (Western Sydney University)
- And many more
All our programs are very successful and have a huge positive impact on kids and their families.
What Do We Do?
We have a few major projects that we coordinate annually. One of these projects is called Tag 4 Trust. This is designed to bring Communities, families and Emergency personnel together to build trust within each other through a game of Oztag (non-contact Rugby League). We have partnered up with Blacktown Council, Graceades Cottage, Jesuits Social Services, The Hive and NSW Police, Fire, and Ambulance. Due to our heavy following and support, R4C managed to bring close to 400 people to this event. It was a huge success and lots of great feedback from all involved.
Another Project we coordinate is called Western Sydney’s Got Talent, this project is designed to bring Communities from all over Western Sydney together and allow participants the chance to show off their talent (singing, rapping, dancing, producing beats, stand-up comedy and even magic shows) in front of special guest judges and performers.
“Rap 4 Change has changed my life, I went through a really rough patch with the police, and they helped me every step of the way, I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone at R4C”.
R4C Also host and ran a lot of Festivals for many different Community Organisations.
Events we participated in:
- White Ribbon Day
- Kits 4 Kids
- Reconciliation Day
- Youth Week
- Street Beat
- Multicultural Day
- Church Functions
- Corporate events and much more.
Youth we work with include:
- Special Needs
- At Risk
- Substance Abuse
- Abuse (Sexually, Physically and Mentally)
- Newly Arrived
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