LOS ANGELES — A community center in L.A.’s notorious Rampart area is helping teenagers stay out of trouble by giving them a creative outlet.
A program at the community center, “Sessions LA” use hip-hop and deejay culture to teach them how to make beats using digital technology.
Huang eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he began to volunteer with Sessions LA, which uses hip-hop to draw kids in and keep them from trouble. Huang helped to develop the program’s curriculum, and helped it grow. It currently serves about 15 kids, most of them Latino, black and Asian. They’re often the children of immigrants, and many have experienced trauma or abuse.
These are the kind of at-risk students, Huang said, who don’t usually have much to keep them busy.