BENEFITING: PILIPINO WORKERS CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
SESSIONS LA is a music writing, production, recording, & DJing program for youth and young adults in Los Angeles. Our mission is to promote youth development, nurture critical thinking, and foster community building through the process of creating music. Sessions was started in 2005 at Search To Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), a youth and community center located in LA's Rampart District/Historic Filipinotown. Over the years, Sessions has released a number of mixtapes and albums that are entirely written, produced, and recorded by the youth in our program.
Why Do We Need Your Help?
Within the last year, we’ve relocated to the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), a non-profit community organization also located in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. During this transition, the majority of our music production equipment and computer technology had to be left behind. In addition, our remaining equipment is in dire need of repairs and upgrades. Without these basic needs, we are unable to continue programming.
Sessions currently still active at two satellite sites: after school at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown, and at Inner-City Arts located in Skid Row. However, our goal is to re-launch programming at our new home, PWC.
All funds donated will cover basic equipment costs in order to resume this much-needed service to the youth of Los Angeles, while we continuously work to obtain find long-term funding. All of the planning in the past few months has been entirely on a volunteer basis, as will the immediate future programming, which is a testament to the instructors' and teaching assistants' dedication and commitment to this program.
Since our relocation, there has been a void for many of us, as Sessions is and has been a community and family for many students and instructors over the years. With your help, we can keep this program that is much needed in the community alive and running for future generations of students and musicians. Thank you for your consideration & support!
Sessions LA is fiscally sponsored by the Pilipino Workers Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization. Your donations to Sessions LA are tax deductible under Federal ID 77-0439301.
For more information on our program and to listen to our students' past projects, please visit: www.sessionsla.com
Past Student Testimonials:
“Sessions Los Angeles has been a second home for me the last 3 years. Not only has it expanded my knowledge musically, but also mentally. The first time when I joint Sessions, I was what many considered a troubled child, but by learning beat making, it has helped me express myself within music rather than to just bottle everything in and express it through rage.” –Colby, age 18
“Sessions LA makes me feel more comfortable with publicizing my music, as well as being a better person. Sessions challenges me to think more critically about things in contrast to how things are on the surface. Before Sessions, I was quiet and compressed all my thoughts and emotions. I kept everything to myself but through time in Sessions, I learned to speak out, to speak up and have myself heard. At the same time opening up my ears and listening.” –Anon, age 14
“As a teenager with nothing to do, there’s a tendency for them to lean towards the bad side or wrong direction – do drugs, drink, vandalize, violence, join gangs, etc. I was like that. I smoke, drank, and got into fights. That lifestyle was ruining me; it was leading me nowhere. Sessions gave me a place to be something and do something productive. It gave me an identity. Basically, Sessions saved me from a future of DARKNESS!” –DJ Nahphool, age 16
“Sessions has helped me realize that I want to make music and MCing my career. Before I arrived, music was just a hobby. I always wrote in my notebook, but I was stuck recording with a microphone from a video camera. I wasn’t getting my voice heard, as well as my style of lyrics was not evolving. My peers introduced me to new artists that made me challenge my own skill. I’m sure I’m three-times better than I was two years ago. The instructors have also introduced me to the problems in society that I had not thought about, problems I intend to tackle with my music.” –X the Unknown Variable/Hati Hroovitnisson, age 19