The first Friday of every month Pico Youth & Family Center is hosting, Flowmotion, a performance event that uses hip-hop culture to provide local youth with a safe, welcoming outlet.

PYFC continues to work with many schools around Santa Monica, helping the youth stay out of trouble. The center provides children and young adults with counseling, tutoring, leadership development and music.

For the teens at PYFC, the arts and specifically music have long been part of the experience. The center has its own recording studio that allows students to create music and write lyrics from their experiences. The PYFC Film & Visual Media Program also trains the youth in basic camera operations. Students get the opportunity to produce their very own material.

On Friday Oct. 7, PYFC will be hosting its third FlowMotion event, a night where music changes lives.

Why is FlowMotion different?

Organizers said the event provides a positive performance space for the youth allowing them to express themselves through a variety form of arts. Whether it is spoken word, dance, song, poetry or some sort of performing arts.

The event focuses on bringing the hip- hop culture to the Westside.

“The events are drug and alcohol free, and this is important to foster healthy lifestyles and to prevent addiction for future lives of the Santa Monica community,” said Brandon Condon, advocate for PYFC. “Nothing like this exist on a Friday night in our city and we are proud to be serving over 200 youth that are students of Santa Monica Community College and Santa Monica High School.”

Lawrence P will host the event, and some of the performances include Champagne Music Group, Something Next Door, along with Glow Flow hula girls.

The event runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will be located at 715 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. There is a limited capacity, so arriving early is suggested. For more information visit


By Marina Andalon