Education Notes

Departures Youth Voices is designed to adapt and change based on a variety of factors, including the students’ needs, the facility, resources available, and our education partners expectations. With each project, we work with students from different areas of the city with different backgrounds and different skill sets, in traditional classroom settings and in community facilities, both with varying resources.

The Education Notes blog helps to mediate between the plan designed for each installment of Youth Voices and the reality of the classroom. By reflecting on the weekly workshops from the educator's perspective, we are able to write and share about the process of the project, and how it relates to larger social and educational issues.

We invite you to follow Departures Youth Voices as we work closely with students, faculty, and residents to share the stories and hopes of their neighborhood.


Recent Stories
A View from Los Angeles City Hall

A View from Los Angeles City Hall

Their journey took them through different areas of City Hall where they had an opportunity to see some of the inner workings of local government and catch a glimpse of the city tha ...
Roadmap to La Comunidad: Boyle Heights & East Los Angeles

Roadmap to La Comunidad: Boyle Heights & East Los Angeles

What would you include in a map of your neighborhood?
Making Connections: Getting to Know the Students

Making Connections: Getting to Know the Students

Focusing on an object allows the youth to make their life experiences more tangible.
Leaving a Lasting Mark: Students Present their Community Cause to the Public

Leaving a Lasting Mark: Students Present their Community Cause to the Public

This is one way the students insert themselves into the public conversation on the crucial issues facing their communities.
Students Inspiring Students

Students Inspiring Students

At the end of January we had the great opportunity to help the students of the Los Angeles River School prepare for the Placemaking Design Competition.
Stretching Their Social and Public Speaking Skills

Stretching Their Social and Public Speaking Skills

It's important to be able to convey ideas clearly, both in person and in your correspondence. As difficult as this may be it's a skill that is worth mastering.
Students Open Conversation on Improving Their Community

Students Open Conversation on Improving Their Community

Their objective is to get feedback from their community and begin an on-going conversation on how to improve their community and revitalize the Los Angeles River in a manner that s ...
What Would You Do To Improve Your Community?

What Would You Do To Improve Your Community?

Students consider how they can improve their neighborhood with the help and support of community members.
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