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MUSIC IS OUR LANGUAGE USED TO MEND AND INSPIRE TEENAGERS
The Blue Guitar Project (BGP) is a developing charity aiming to give young, underprivileged teenagers aged 14-18 hope, inspiration and direction in life they would never otherwise be exposed to. BGP started off as a single in-school program in August 2014 at Key College in Redfern, Sydney where the project began as a way to inspire and connect youth with their dreams. It has now grown to encompass over 14 high schools in Australia and one in Jamaica with more commencing each term.
As BGP rolls out it aims to partner mainstream schools, both Public and Private, with corporates and brands to support underprivileged school groups throughout the world. Everyone is entitled to have a dream no matter who they are or where they come.
We believe the inclusion of both school groups working together will benefit the way teenagers interact and learn from each other, creating valued relationships and an understanding of human differences moving forward - all in line with the three core pillars of humanity (our 3 chords within the program): Unity, Equality and Freedom.
"BGP instils a belief that allows students to dream big and achieve anything they put their mind too. Without a doubt, I encourage more schools and businesses to get behind the Blue Guitar Project."
- David Haggart - South Sydney High School, Deputy Principal
"BGP is truly a life changing project that makes students realise they can be the greatest ever regardless of their background. It really lifted their spirits.”
- Rev. Dr. Natasha Francis - Campbell, Principal of Jamaican partner school Jabneh Christian Academy
"Each time I look up at our Blue Guitar I am reminded of the liveliness, creativity and dynamism of the project. I highly recommend the Blue Guitar.”
- Vivian Messimeris, Lurnea High School Head Teacher Visual Arts & Music
Blue Guitar Project SCHOOLS
Reach and Wave of School Inductions
Youth Off The Streets Key College - 2014, 2016, 2017, (slated for 2018)
South Sydney High School - 2016, 2017, (slated for 2018)
Lurnea High School - 2017 (slated for 2018)
Holroyd High School - 2017 (slated for 2018)
Kogarah High School 2017 (slated for 2018)
Youth Off The Streets Eden College 2016 (slated for 2018)
Youth Off The Streets Chapel College 2017 (slated for 2018)
Youth Off The Streets Bowen College 2017 (slated for 2018)
Jabneh Christian Acadmey, Jamaica 2017 (slated for 2018)
Alexandra Baseball Team, South Africa (slated for 2018)
Rancho Mirage High School, Palm Springs, CA (slated for 2018)
Desert Hot Springs High School, Palm Springs, CA (slated for 2018)
How the Blue Guitar Project started...
The Blue Guitar Project was created from one spark of inspiration from a colourful young homeless boy named Maguil. Roxy Lee, a freelance music photographer, met Maguil out of the blue when she was on a photography shoot in Redfern, Sydney. Confident and bouncing with a hip street-vibe, his big personality and direct attitude was magnetic!
He asked her to take a photo of him so she did his own special portrait photoshoot. She had no idea at the time that he was homeless, or that he would have such a huge impact on her life, inspiring the BLUE GUITAR PROJECT to take shape.
Sometime after the shoot, Maguil called Roxy, - he was in a terrible crisis. He had no where to sleep and nothing to eat. After several calls, meeting his school teachers at Key College (a Youth Off The Streets school) she realised what he wanted was the same as any of us: he wanted his own dreams to come true.
He wanted a passionate and fulfilling life - a safe and happy life off the streets. Where he didn't just have food and a place to call home, but a community, purpose and a true passion.
The Blue Guitar Project was created to make that happen. For not just Maguil, but to assist and inspire all teenagers in Australia, to ignite their own unique creative spark and to develop a dream. This DREAM, will give youth an independent, passionate, satisfying and super-productive life THEY LOVE.... and it all starts with this project
And one more Blue Guitar!