Kelsie helps mums find their voice

Kelsie Rimmer (L) has joined forces with young mums from the STEMM program, including Clarissa Johnson, to write and perform a song.
Kelsie Rimmer (L) has joined forces with young mums from the STEMM program, including Clarissa Johnson, to write and perform a song. Brett Wortman

A DAY after being dropped from The Voice, Kelsie Rimmer found a new direction.

The 20-year-old Palmwoods singer has been helping young mums who were forced to quit school because they were pregnant.

Kelsie joined Burnside High's award-winning program STEMM - Support Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring.

AND now, after months of work, Kelsie and the 38 women from this year's STEMM program are preparing to launch their first song, A Place Where I Belong.

"The girls all contributed, everyone put in a line or phrase and we brought it all together," Kelsie said.

"It came out as a song."

It will be launched for the first time on Saturday night at STEMM's annual fundraiser, Christmas in July: Arabian Nights.

Kelsie will perform the song with three of the young mothers.

Kelsie said her mum had volunteered at STEMM for several years, but the day after Keith Urban selected Brittany Cairns to continue in the show, she decided to "come along as well".

"I was a bit nervous. I'm not used to that many people watching me in an intimate setting. It is scary compared to being in a crowd," she said.

"But I'm happy to be involved in such a great way. I've been thinking of ways to use music and music therapy to help them with what they are going through."

Kelsie hopes the song will become STEMM's theme song and is in the process of recording it.

"After The Voice, this was a great way to give back. I'm so grateful for the opportunities that have come from The Voice and I didn't want to use it just for my own success."

Clarissa Johnson could not believe it when the young woman she had been watching on television suddenly appeared in the classes she was taking.

Clarissa finished school in Year 10, leaving her Darwin home to move to the Sunshine Coast when she was five months pregnant.

Now her son, Riley Walker, is two and she is preparing to graduate from STEMM with the hope of pursuing a double degree in business and accounting.

"It was exciting when she came," Clarissa said.

"She was really cool, laid back and genuine."

Clarissa will perform with Kelsie on Saturday night.

The STEMM program, which was at risk of funding cuts earlier in the year, has just been listed as a finalist in the 2012 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

Topics:  kelsie rimmer, music, palmwoods, stemm, teen mothers, the voice




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