Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts

First Advisor

Richard Bains


At-risk youth are empowered through various creative forms of recorded media. Today's market has a wide range of recording technology products lower-end consumer gear to the high-end commercial gear. These products becomes the tools making music more accessible to the low-income urban communities. At-risk youth are able to participate in ways now that many did before them. The facilities of centers such as RYSE in Richmond, Ca reach out to at-risk youth offering programs for recording technology, multimedia arts, and video production as well as a multitude of resources for educational, career, and health services. Cultural expressions through recording technology and multimedia productions for these youth become the devices in which they can voice their concerns and have their message heard.