COSTA MESA — Some people want to break into the music industry to be rich and famous — and be able to stand on the inside of the velvet rope.
Ethen Jimenez has other reasons.
The 17-year-old Estancia High School senior, who is building a rap career, believes in the transformative power of music and that he has something to say.
But he dreams less about what he would buy if he makes it and more about who he would help.
"If I can become successful, I would want to give back a lot to my mom and the [Save Our Youth, or SOY,] program," he said.
Ethen has been working for the last year with SOY, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students overcome issues and making positive decisions in Costa Mesa's largely lower-income Westside.
SOY's music and arts program coordinator, Eduardo Iniestra, has been working with Ethen. He said he has something special.