For the past four years, the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC), referred to by YSC participants as “The Tech” has partnered with Helping the Next Developers and Producers (HNDP), a Los Angeles-based group dedicated to providing an entry-point for underserved youth to join the music industry.
HNDP holds a daily music workshop at The Tech's on-site music studio, and works with The Tech exclusively, according to BHTYSC staff.
Recently, HNDP partners Rhythm & Remedy; Where Hip Hop Helps, a youth empowerment organization that leads music workshops to inspire underserved youth, led a music workshop for about a dozen Boyle Heights Technology YSC participants that was filmed and featured on YouTube.
Each YSC participant who was part of the session contributed at least one line for a hip hop track recorded in The Tech’s music studio. As a producer played the final track, YouthSource participants clapped and cheered as their lines came on.
The youth’s reaction and the opportunity provided by the music program offered at The Tech moved actress Alyson Stoner, who joined in the recording along with social media personalities Rickey Thompson and Aaron Burriss.
Alyson stated, “You can see it in their eyes. There’s this fire and this yearning. They have goals. They don’t yet know how to get there. But they have this safe place to come and share.”
The workshop was documented in a YouTube video that has garnered more than 225,000 views and counting. Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.
This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of January 28, 2019. Read this issue and more.