The Trasher Kids: A Multi-Disciplinary Media Project for Youth.
The Trasher Kids is a multi-disciplinary media project which incorporates elements of music production, art, social awareness, community development, creative writing, video production and environmental protection.
The project came to life in 2011 when a volunteer educator named Román Mora came to FARO Oriente in the southern delegation of Itztapalapa in Mexico City to give a workshop to youth on music production and sound engineering. Youth in that first workshop, inspired by the popular music group Gorillaz, decided to create their
own version which they called The Trasher Kids. The name emanated from the fact that every Wednesday one of the biggest Flee markets can be found in the neighborhood which surrounds the FARO. This market is not what you might call a traditional market, but instead more like a place where people look to recycle old and used. So out the youth went - on a wet acid rain-filled day in southern Mexico City looking for their characters in the trash of the Flee Market in Itztapalapa. The first Trasher Kids band created all of their own costumes, instruments and stage fittings and have recorded numerous songs to date, performed 6 live concerts and are currently working on their first music videos.
Since those early beginnings The Trasher Kids is now becoming a project in its own right. Seeing the enormous potential and reach of the project, Intel Clubhouse Coordinator Alejandro Jiménez at FARO Oriente is collaborating with curriculum developers at Jacaranda Education to create a project which can be replicated with youth in sites all around the Mexican capital and beyond.