You don't have to go far to find inspiration. Brought to life by Amanda Parris and Natasha Daniel, Lost Lyrics is an education program connecting students and mentors in the Jane/Finch and Malvern communities.
I actually went to high school with Amanda and my older brother was in her graduating class two years before mine. Parris uses her background in political science and women's studies to speak to the youth of a history filled with voices missed in many Toronto classrooms and the Ontario Curriculum. Much needed in the education system but blocked in for February.
Lost Lyrics is self-described as "created in response to unimaginative teachers, negative labels and boring classes." They use Hip Hop culture as a means to draw and empower students through songwriting, creative writing, street art, dance, photography, and theatre performance among others.
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