There's a lot of value and power in giving youth creative channels to tell their stories, and OMG Everywhere's "Here in America" workshop did just that. In February, Benny Blanco, Diplo, Ryan Tedder of One Republic, and Cashmere Cat got together with the After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles to make some music with some clever kids and the result was a catchy tune about the first-gen experience.
"We made a song using no real instruments, just things you could find around a normal household — bottles, tapes, and even a vacuum cleaner!" Blanco told The FADER in an email. "It was a blessing to hear these kids’ stories and help them find find their voice in a cool and interesting way. It was such a fun day with such amazing kids."
ASAS Los Angeles is a comprehensive after-school program which provides academic and homework support, visual and performing arts, health and nutrition, and youth leadership and community service. Check out some memorable moments from the OMG Everywhere "Here In America" workshop above and rewatch last year's video featuring Camila Cabello and Benny Blanco.
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