Selfless teen sends help through music

Beat of the drums: Lachlan Mitchell, pictured with his mentor Luke Hills, is an inspiration to others at St Clair Youth Centre. "My parents are extremely proud of the contribution I've made to the centre," Lachlan said. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Beat of the drums: Lachlan Mitchell, pictured with his mentor Luke Hills, is an inspiration to others at St Clair Youth Centre. "My parents are extremely proud of the contribution I've made to the centre," Lachlan said. Picture: Gene Ramirez

COLYTON teenager Lachlan Mitchell, 14, can't imagine life without music.

And he's sharing his passion with others at St Clair Youth Centre.

His brainchild is the centre's new program The Garage, a free tutoring program for teenagers keen to learn how to play the guitar or drums.

Lachlan successfully applied for a $2500 grant from Youth Action's DIY Reality program.

It means the centre can buy new equipment and continue the program for the rest of the year.

"The guitars needed re-stringing, along with a new stool for the drum kit," Lachlan said.

"I feel strongly about music and believe it can help others.

"Everyone should have access to music at some stage of their life."

Lachlan is a tutor for the program and hopes it can continue beyond this year.

He hopes to continue teaching music and pursue a career in recording or editing.

His mentor Luke Hills has since finished his youth work placement at the centre but continues to volunteer.

The program started earlier this year in response to what young people wanted at the centre.

"The grant has taken the program to a new level," Mr Hills said.

"But with or without the funding, it wouldn't have gotten this far if it wasn't for Lachlan.

"He is an inspiration to everyone to be doing what he does at such a young age."

St Clair Youth Centre worker Peter Carney hopes to form a band by the end of the year.

"I am constantly impressed with Lachlan's selfless commitment to the youth centre and his interest in sharing his skills with music, particularly drumming, with other young people," Mr Carney said.

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