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    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:21:04

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    Vince Staples has teamed up with city officials in Long Beach, California, to back a new YMCA program called the Youth Institute. The program will allow 20 young people to learn filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing, and product design, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports.

    Staples, who is a native of the Ramona Park Neighborhood in Long Beach, and has referenced the park frequently in his music, also made an undisclosed contribution to the program. On Tuesday, Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson, his city staff members, and rapper Vince Staples announced the launch of the program at Ramona Park.

    The Press-Telegram reports, "The new program will take place at Hamilton Middle School and serve students in eighth and ninth grades. Officials said $10,000 for the program is the first expenditure of the North Long Beach Education Fund, created by Richardson and Long Beach Unified board member Megan Kerr to support youth-enrichment programs in North Long Beach."

    "I think the most important thing is opportunities," Staples told the 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."

    "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," he said. "That's actually the biggest thing I can do for this community."

    Vince Staples released his critically acclaimed debut album Summertime '06 last year. In case you've been sleeping on it, here's a friendly reminder to get acquainted.

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