In one of our LEAP classes, we have a lovely girl by the name of Tahlia, who also happens to be a very gifted drummer. As part of the research Tahlia and our Highlands Workpathways Coordinator, Shan Hibbens, conducted together, they searched for music camps so that Tahlia could gain further skills and experience in the holidays. While investigating, they discovered the website: and found that there are scholarships available for the program and accommodation.

Girls Rock! Canberra empowers girls, trans and non-binary young people (ages 10-17 years) through a week-long mentorship program that encourages creativity, self-expression and teamwork through music education. Over the five-day program, participants will form their own band, learn an instrument, watch live music performances, participate in creative workshops- like making zines and screen printing band t-shirts- and write an original song to be performed at the end of the week.

GR!C aims to provide a safe environment for girls and gender-diverse young people to express their creativity, take pride in their accomplishments and learn not to apologise for making some noise. Shan and Tahlia printed the information and Tahlia took it home, where she completed it with her Mum.

Tahlias’ Mum has sinced contacted Shan with the fantastic news that Tahlia has been accepted with a full scholarship, one of only three offered to regional students and she is off to Canberra in Mid July.

Tahlia is so excited, and needless to say, Shan, and the entire COMPACT Team are very proud!

Looking forward to you “making some noise” and looking forward to hearing all about it!