Friday Profile: How Wacky Rymel Changed His Community with Dance

Wacky Rymel is a teenager from the high-crime neighborhood of Hackney, in London. Last year, as part of the government’s initiative to lower crime-rates and make youth feel empowered in their community, they worked with MTV to develop the competition, Good 4 the Hood. Hundreds of young people posted their ideas on MTV’s website, and in the end, Wacky Rymel and his diverse dancing style won. Rymel says he believes a lot of the crime in his neighborhood sprouts from people having nothing better to do. So, he decided to offer free dance classes for kids, ages 13 – 19, who perform for the community and get people involved in activities besides gangs and gun and knife crime.

It doesn’t have to require help from the government or a competition to get students thinking about what they can do for their community. Use this story to get your students thinking about how they can use their skills to make a difference and ask them:
– If there was one cause you could dedicate yourself to, what would it be?- What help would you need to make your dream of helping the community happen?- Imagine if one kid or group from every classroom was dedicated to solving one problem. What are the possibilities to ending problems that plague our society or the world?

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