Inspiring tales of fun, support and courage
Hearing first-hand from the youth and families we support is the best way to learn how Rap 4 Change is making a difference. We ask our participants and their families to tell us their thoughts about our programs and how we have helped them so we can share their experiences and stories with you.
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Corey has begun to make friends and is beginning to find his confidence through the encouragement that you all give.
“Dear Rap 4 Change,
Thank you for the great work tha you all do with the kids. I especially appreciate how much you helped my son Corey.
Corey has Autism and has always struggled socially. He has always lacked confidence and has a lot of trouble making friends. You guys came along at the perfect time for him as he was having a hard time dealing with it all and getting very down on homself.
The workshops that Corey has been going to have been fantasic for him and he really enjoys them. It is amazing to see how excited he gets. He has begun to make friends and is beginning to find his confidence through the encouragement that you all give.
The positive messages that you teach the kids is great to see and with your help, Corey is becomming a more respectful and responsible young man. You have all taken him under your wing and I thank you. Keep up the amazing work you all do.”
Thank you, Helen.
Zahara’s thoughts about Rap 4 Change
I want to help kids like me and to tell them about my life story and hopefully change their lives like you have changed my life.
“Dear Rap 4 Change (R4C),
I thank you for you showing me that there is a better life out there, other than doing crime. Drugs and money was a big part of my life. I remember my brother telling me, that you are going to be just like me and dad. My dad got shot over drugs and he died on the spot, my brother is in jail and I have been in here for a year, but when I get out I am going to change. I am going to plead guilty for aggravated robbery, with grievous bodily harm with wounding and possession of prohibited drugs. My dad always told me “You do the crime, you do the time”.
I have been starting to write some rhymes in my room because Rap 4 Change (R4C) have shown me a new way to destress instead of punching on with the other boys. Hopefully when I get out of this **** hole, you can help me with my songs because I want to be a part of Rap 4 Change (R4C) and I want to be like you guys. I want to help kids like me and to tell them about my life story and hopefully change their lives like you have changed my life.
You guys are like the family that I never had and that’s from the bottom of my heart. I want you guys to be a part of my life and come visit me in here every now and then and keep in contact with me.
Take care people of R4C.”
I still don’t know what they said in that first 20 minutes, but my eldest son, who had been suffering from depression and rarely left my side, never looked back.
“I’m so thankful to be on this wonderful journey and I can’t thank Rap 4 Change enough for coming into our lives. They are a very strong, powerful family, the love and compassion that pours out of them is something truely special. They welcome everyone with big open friendly smiles, nonjudgemental open arms and I have never experienced anything like this from strangers before. I had seen Rap 4 Change perform at several events in the area and really liked the messages they were delivering. I took my kids to one of the community programs and I still don’t know what they said or did in that first 20 minutes but my eldest son, who had been suffering from depression for years and very rarely left my side, never looked back. He was finally excited about going to something without me and the confidence in him is amazing. With every workshop, he became more and more confident and at the end of the program, confidently stood up on stage and performed his Rap that he had been working so hard on. He then started doing poetry at school with the tools he had learnt from R4C and his new confidence in putting feelings into words. He has now been able to write about problems he had been bottling up for years. I cannot express how thankful we are to have found this amazing team, we no longer feel isolated or trapped.
Jordan’s thoughts about Rap 4 Change
Rap 4 Change were able to reach my son when no one else could
“I first contacted Rap 4 Change because my 15 year old son had been suffering from depression for years and then developed a drug addiction to try to numb his pain. We tried counsellors and psychiatrists and medication but nothing was working, then the team at Rap 4 Change stepped in and embraced him with so much love and support and understanding. The staff shared their experiences with him of their own troubled past and he finally found people who could relate to him. They knew how to speak to him in a way he would respond and went completely above and beyond to help him. A few months down the track and my son has now been drug free for 29 days and counting, an achievement I feared we would never see. Rap 4 Change continue to support him and are helping him deal with the depression and he feels like he now has a second family ( as do I ). Rap 4 Change were able to reach my son when no one else could and they have given me back my beautiful boy. I am forever grateful for all that you do and I will forever in your debt.
You have made a huge impact
“They are an AWESOME organization, especially the work they do for all our Youth & Communities. My children and I are forever greatful to RAP 4 CHANGE for coming into their lives, you have made a huge impact on them. Thanks again RAP 4 CHANGE, you guys ROCK!
My kids loved having a chance to try something new
“Nice to see a youth group come and do something for the local kid. Thanks Raps guys, my 3 kids loved it and loved having a chance to try something new. Keep up the good work.”
Rap 4 Change stearing the children of our future in the right direction
“Rap 4 Change are an amazing organisation giving young kids opportunities and teaching them respect and to never give up in a society where kids can be lead down the wrong path. As a mum of 6 kids, I value this. It’s amazing to see people like Rap 4 Change stearing the children of our future in the right direction. We thank you and appreciate you guys, as do our kids.”
Joseph’s thought about Rap 4 Change
Amazing youth worker , who has the ability to turn young peoples lives around for the better.
“l highly recommend Rap 4 Change , Ned is an Amazing youth worker , who has the ability to turn young peoples lives around for the better.”
The people running this are awesome
“My daughter has been attending for the last couple weeks & really enjoys her time here! The people running this are awesome super friendly & are doing a great job with the local kids!”
Overall this was an incredible program
“We were involved in a variety of activities throughout the program, including learning a hip hop routine, acting out scenarios that may happen in the future and creating a rap as a group. This experience was one to remember. We were taught a fun hip hop routine, and performed it in front of each other which helped with confidence and made everyone feel good about themselves in the end. They also had an exciting dance battle against each other which was a fun experience. In the learning section of the program, Year 8 gained further knowledge about drugs and alcohol usage, and the boundaries included in these topics. They split up and created skits of different incidents. Lastly, they learnt about the process of making their own raps, and even managed to rap it, with help of course! Overall, this was an incredible program that hopefully we will get to participate in next year. This not only helped us learn a lot but everyone had a really good time and left the program with a smile on their face.”
Helping, guiding and encouraging the youth of today to better themselves
“It is a pleasure to know Ned Narouz, founder and CEO of RAP 4 Change, an Organization dedicated to helping, guiding and encouraging the youth of today to better themselves, and to make wise and rewarding choices for their future.
Ned as well as everyone who works with him all have one goal; to tap into the heart of an individual, to ignite the flame of ‘hope’ so they can march through life with their head held high and with dignity stamped on their hearts. I am personally contented and at peace with myself knowing that my 17 year old grandson’s involvement with RAP 4 Change will good and truly impact his life in a positive way. This Grandma is ever so grateful for their love & support because they truly care for the Youth of today”
It was the support and encouragement I received from the team at R4C that helped me the most.
“Where to start!! Rap 4 Change (R4C) is an organisation dedicated to promoting disengaged youth and providing them with opportunities to succeed in the pursuit of their career aspirations.
As a young boxer who makes his professional debut in 3 weeks, I have a lot to thank R4C for. For starters they were my first sponsor as an amateur boxer when no one would sponsor amateurs. The equipment they provided helped with my training expenses. More importantly it was the the support and encouragement I received from the team at R4C that helped me the most. Through their support I was able to win state titles, represent Australia, and now begin my professional journey.
It makes me proud to be associated with an association that was was willing to give me a chance when no one else would. I look forward to continuing my journey with R$C and sharing our success together in the hopes of inspiring others.”
They’ve showed me love, they’ve showed me courage. It has made me want to be a better role model
Teens who were stuck in the cycle of crime, drugs and homelessness in Mt Druitt have started on a new path, thanks to a life-changing new program. Eight young people who all have histories of drug use, mental illnesses or have spent time in juvenile detention, have been recruited into Rap 4 Change’s Future Leaders program, which has handed them the responsibility of being role models. Ned Narouz, the Rap 4 founder, said it was “by far the most powerful” program he had been involved in. Its goal is to mentor young people to help them realise they have the potential for a successful life, despite their past. one member, 16-year-old Liam*, came out of juvenile detention two months ago committed to turning his life around. Liam said he now felt a sense of purpose. He has been helping to run Rap 4 Change’s junior sport programs and has set his sights on returning to competitive boxing. “It has changed my life,” he said. “I’ve seen so much young talent. It just shows when the kids have something positive to do they put so much into it.” Sarah*, 15, had found herself homeless and addicted to drugs. She said Rap 4 Change was the only group that could get through to her after several unsuccessful stints at rehab. “They’ve been there, they’re from the hood,” she said. “They know the struggle. “They’ve showed me love, they’ve showed me courage. It has made me want to be a better role model.” Mr Narouz said he and colleague MC Free devised the Future Leaders program after a visit to Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre last year. He said many of the inmates told him they were desperate to change their lives — they just didn’t know how. “This is by far the most powerful and effective thing we have done as far as actually making a change,” he said. “The common theme was that they all didn’t believe in themselves. They thought ‘because of my nationality, race and what my friends are going through, that’s what my life will be like’. “It was sad that they thought they were just a kid in Mt Druitt trying to get oout of the trenches.” Mr Narouz said several of the group have now started apprenticeships with local business, while others have gone off drugs cold turkey. “They’ve learned to accept that they can’t change history but they can write their future,” he said. Sarah and Liam’s names were changed to protect their identities.
The Daily Telegraph Newspaper 10/02/2019