Vince Staples is teaming up with a YMCA in his hometown, Long Beach, Calif. to launch a tech-based instiute for local youth. Staples is contributing to making sure the youth and young adults of Long Beach have options and the tools to succeed. He has joined forces with the Greater Long Beach YMCA to create The Youth Institute (YI) in North Long Beach.
Long Beach Post reports:
The YI Program will take place at Hamilton Middle School in an effort to give youth more summer learning options during their critical years spent in eighth and ninth grades. Starting Monday [June 20], 20 students will be taught filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing and product design to teach them high-end technology literacy skills.
The program is the first expenditure of the North Long Beach Education Fund, created by Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson and LBUSD Board Member Megan Kerr to create resources to enhance youth enrichment. The program is also funded by donations from Staples, Levis, the LGA Foundation and the New L Foundation, according to a release.
“This is a great opportunity to give back to my home as well as create more pathways that will cultivate a sense of pride in the North Long Beach youth community,” said Vince Staples in a statement.