Music project aims to bridge the generations
WHAT do local young people want out of life?
For Jack Long, it's to share his love on music across the generations.
The Year 10 Shearwater Steiner student was one of six to receive a Byron Shire Council's Youth Council Small Change Grant, worth up to $1000 each.
The recipients will use the money to run a variety of empowering and inspiring events for their peers and Jack will be working with Mullumbimby U3A to set up an inter-generational music appreciation society called, "Music We Love".
Jack visited his grandparents in Victoria during the last school holidays where his grandfather had set up a "Music We love" event at his nursing home.
"So I had the idea of a similar program here in Mullumbimby," said Jack.
"It's a great way to continue my grandpa's work and also a way to connect young people and senior citizens.
"Both groups have preconceptions about each other and the music they like whereas I have found that many young people I know really like music from previous generations."
Jack will use the money to set up the venue with record and tape players, movie projectors and computers so young and old can share their music.
"There is just so much diversity of culture, rhythms and beats in music to bring together so many people in so many ways."
Each project addresses key areas of need for local young people, identified by the youth council in partnership with the council's Youth Strategy and Action Plan. The programs will be up and running around the shire over the next six months.