ROC is bringing a new rhythm to the world.
Rhythm of Change (ROC) links youth across borders as a creative force for positive individual and social transformation. Our mission is to awaken the next generation's potential to make a difference through a new wave of music, dance, mindfulness and multimedia programs.
Around the world, there are areas with especially high rates of youth violence. The Bronx. Kingston, Jamaica. Mumbai, India. The favelas of Brazil.
ROC believes that what's missing are inspiring and relevant pathways for youth to connect with, and live their full potential.
Therefore ROC WILL
- Cultivate and celebrate youth's creative brilliance towards making a difference
- Spark constructive collaboration between youth from all backgrounds and places
- Inspire a positive shift in mainstream music culture
I. ROC Creative Centres
ROC will establish a new wave of creative centres that offer artistic, healing and community outreach programs for youth.
In our creative spaces, youth will come together, constructively engage with each other, and learn drumming, dancing, meditation and graffiti (or similar kinds of art).
Young people will be guided by locally respected artists. Youth will collaborate with their peers to develop their talent, and to put on a concert for their community.
ROC participants will also have access to a recording studio, and multimedia training.
II. ROC Voice Network
The innovative ROC Voice network will facilitate constructive interaction between global youth. This multimedia platform will connect ROC centre participants into virtual conversations with youth from partner programs in emerging areas worldwide.
The participating youth will explore the similarities and unique aspects of their cultures and lives, towards the building of common ground. This will help broaden perspectives on the world and inspire youth to new possibilities.
ROC Voice will allow youth from different places to co-create positives songs, dances, videos and other art forms. The creative products of this process will be shared with the world.
In this way, ROC hopes to awaken the next generation's potential to make a difference.
Our first centre will be established in Toronto, Canada and will be linked with similar existing programs: the Preston Arts Centre (Preston, Nova Scotia, Canada) and the Breakdance Project Uganda (Kampala, Uganda).
We will then expand across Canada and eventually to emerging areas around the world.
Inspired by research at Oxford University, ROC is a social enterprise founded by Shelly Burton.
The innovative research focused on b-boying, known to many as breakdance, as a peace building tool between former child soldiers and civilian youth in Uganda. It demonstrated the power of the creative process, within a particular value structure, in effecting dramatic individual and social transformation.
ROC TOronto Launch
We are raising funds to launch our first Rhythm of Change youth project in Toronto in the Winter of 2018. It will be an 8 week program for youth aged eight to fourteen, involving meditation, energy healing, drumming and dance. In this healing program, youth will learn to reconnect with and express themselves through mindful activities. This will result in an expanded awareness of the Self and heart-based connections to others, by honouring their voice and exploring the power of music.
For more information on the workshop please contact Katrina MacGibbon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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