Rapper’s positive outlook inspires students

Carinity Education Southside students were inspired following a visit from hip-hop artist and motivational speaker Licy Be.

Fresh from touring the USA and New Zealand, the Christian rapper, spoken word artist and suicide prevention advocate visited the school in Brisbane to perform and share her message of faith, hope and positivity.

Licy kicked off her visit, which coincided with International Women’s Day, with an energetic rap performance and then invited three volunteers to perform a dance or lip-sync in front of the audience.

“All staff in attendance agreed this was one of the most remarkable things we’ve seen with our students throwing their hands up willing and eager to participate,” Carinity Education Southside Principal Leann Faint says.

Licy spoke about her life and the struggles she has faced and overcome, before leading students through activities about using words in a meaningful way to encourage and support one another.

Leann says the students were empowered by Licy’s story of how she overcame adversity when she was a teenager.

“Everyone was left buzzing after Licy’s performance. Students could be heard all around the school chatting about Licy and the impression she had left on them that morning,” Leann says.

“Licy really connected with our girls and showed them that despite major barriers in your life, you can overcome them and do incredible things.”

Originally from New Zealand, Licy Be has presented to over 15,000 teenagers worldwide in the past 12 months. Her single Be the Change, about making a stand for suicide prevention, was released on World Suicide Prevention Day.

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