Sunset Youth Services

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.   Sunset Youth Services affiliated artist Sire chose this Slim Thug track (featuring none other than megachurch pastor Joel Osteen) because of its personal message about letting go of those who bring us down.

My Mixtape: "María Elena" by Lorenzo Barcelata

Feb 29, 2016

SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza added this song to My Mixtape because of its personal significance for his family.

My Mixtape: "Linus and Lucy" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

Feb 22, 2016

Comedian Rob Baedeker chose to add this song to My Mixtape because it takes him back to childhood.

My Mixtape: Handlebars

Oct 28, 2015
Ben Trefny

Eighteen-year-old Dexter Lotz shares a song by Flobots that speaks to his concern about how governments operate. He mixed this piece at the studios of Upstar Records at Sunset Youth Services.

My Mixtape: "Rags to Riches" by Fat Chops

Aug 30, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Ari Liccardo's artist name is Fat Chops. The song "Rags to Riches" is one of the first songs he ever produced as a musician, and it addresses some of the struggles he's been through in his life.

In San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood, there’s a small building that’s a big part of some young people’s lives. Sunset Youth Services provides teenagers, transitional age young adults, and their families with support like violence prevention programs, parenting classes, and food assistance. And tucked away in a corner upstairs is the youth-run music studio, Upstar Records. That’s where teens learn to record their own songs, produce beats, and shoot music videos.

Twenty-four-year-old Clarissa Bryant has been recording there since she was sixteen, just one year after she came out at school. KALW’s Audrey Dilling brings you the story in this installment of Bay Area Beats.

Eighteen-year-old Tatyana Martinez turned to writing poetry as a young girl to cope with big changes in her life. Over time, her poetry evolved into music. She now works for the youth run recording studio Upstar Records, inside San Francisco’s Sunset Youth Services. The youth center supports young people and their families with things like parenting classes, food assistance, and job training at Upstar. When she’s not helping young musicians make music, Martinez writes and records her own songs with the goal of putting out her own album. She shares the story behind her songs in this installment of Bay Area Beats.

Sunset Youth Services is an organization that supports transitional age youth and their families with things like parenting classes, food assistance, and job training. And it's home to the youth-run recording studio, Upstar Records, where young people learn audio production skills. That's where you’ll usually find 16-year-old Adriel Diaz. 

TraVaughn Hicks has been making music since he was a young boy and his rapper uncle would record him singing on his songs.