Ask almost anyone about their teenage years, and they’re likely to tell you that music was a saving grace throughout those vibrant — and, for some of us, volatile — times. In one way or another, the sounds that moved us or the lyrics that spoke to us were especially potent against a backdrop of surviving the horrors of high school.
Over the past six years, a dedicated group of community educators has been harnessing music to inspire and tap into the innate creativity of local youth. Sessions LA is a music writing, production, recording and DJing program for young people in Los Angeles. Instructors not only teach technical skills, but take a youth development approach to music education. The idea is that teaching kids music can help arm them with the tools to change the world around them.
The program has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 2005, and has produced a mixtape, an EP and two albums–the most recent, Bad Man’s World, was just released in September and sheds light on the realities of life for young people growing up in post-Recession LA.
Unfortunately, the program’s funding has run out. They have started a fundraising campaign and need your help. With a little over a month left, there’s still time for you to show some love, donate to their cause and spread the word about saving Sessions LA.
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