Hollywood Heights students created a song and music video titled “That’s Major” to promote the importance of success in school. The video was a project with St. Louis based program Mentors in Motion.
According to their website: “Mentors in Motion (MIM) was founded in 2009 in conjunction with other child and youth serving organizations to coordinate and facilitate programming to meet the needs of at risk youth aged from 11 -17 years in the St Louis Metropolitan area.”
“The MIM mentors are at the school an hour a day three days a week for twelve weeks each semester,” says Hollywood Heights Principal Dr. Kari Karidis. “The students were able to choose from four different activities. The video is the result of one of the activities. Other students participated in physical fitness, robotics or learning about being a radio DJ. ”
MIM uses “tools such as music, technology, career development, healthcare assessments & education and current curricular assistance” to empower at-risk youth to make good decisions and stay in school.
The Hollywood Heights students who chose to create a music video with MIM wrote the song lyrics for “That’s Major.” MIM put the beat behind the lyrics, then filmed the students performing the song and edited the video. (A robot constructed by the robotics group and some of the physical fitness activities appear in the video, too – bringing together all of the MIM-led activities at the school.)