Giving a voice to the disadvantaged youth of Australia
One Vision Productions in a not-for-profit organisation introducing arts based multiliteracy programs to isolated and marginalised communities.
One Vision Productions seeks to create change throughout Australia. We work with community centres, schools, government organisations and youth agencies. We seek to educate and empower youth and communities through a range of projects and workshop programs.
The workshops combine hip hop and film production to help participants learn new skills through being part of a quality learning environment. As a result of our programs, youth and communities experience enhanced confidence, status and recognition with many media clips being broadcast across Australia, including on NITV and national radio stations.
As One Vision Productions teach TAFE courses and partner with various organisations, we also help participants access further educational and employment opportunities.
My name is Mark Robertson and I began these projects 6 years ago and have since traveled to nearly 40 communities in Australia initiating hip hop and film projects. I taught hip hop in the UK and Ireland, and in being a qualified high school English/Drama teacher have realised the dramatic impact that these programs can have to young people’s lives, especially high needs children.
In returning to Australia my work has mainly been concentrated in the Northern Territory to far North Queensland on remote communities and more recently on North Coast of NSW, both in schools and out. These programs have been highly successful with NITV broadcasting many of the film-clips.
In 2009 I won the Young Social Pioneer Award of Australia and have been nationally recognised to even being one of 20 Australians to meet Prince Harry on his recent visit to Australia.
With the help of media, the children’s stories and messages are getting out to Australia. Powerful messages are being portrayed, as the songs and film-clips are generally structured around change. Interviews of the children’s stories and journey’s through music have been played nationally, and songs have regularly been given airtime throughout Triple J, national radio stations and communities throughout Australia.
• Narrative storytelling skills
• Public speaking
• Talking and listening
• Music programs and structure
The hip hop music workshops have a significant impact on adolescents' lives and in doing so can act as an instrument in social work and literature. The participants learn confidence and life skills, engaging independently in group work projects in order to achieve a personal goal.
The workshops provide participants with preparation, organisation and self-management skills. Literacy is embedded at the core of the program as participants learn how to utilise sentence structures, understand poetic devices, i.e. gain understanding with the use of metaphors, similes and self-expression. This equips participants with the skills through literature to express independent issues and deal with personal problems in their lives.
Encouragement of songs in Indigenous language is provided with an emphasis of belief in preservation of culture. Our Hip Hop workshops encourage participants to ‘name their world’ – express how they see society and how they are impacted by the life in which they live.