The young people in North Long Beach, CA just got a boost in funding for their summer programs and improved opportunities for employment. The Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson and Vince Staples recently held a press conference at the city’s Ramona Park to usher in the launch of the Youth Institute — a YMCA backed program set out to give 20 kids the resources to learn filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing and product design.
“I think the most important thing is opportunities,” Staples told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “What I can say is, living over here my entire life, I’ve never had an opportunity given to me from the area, only examples of how to mess up, and what I didn’t want to do,” he added. “I want to be able to be one of the people that reinforces the fact that we matter just as much as the next person.”