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
Back to School Night: Opportunities to Share and Learn

Back to School Night: Opportunities to Share and Learn

Youth Voices attends Back to School Nights to introduce the program to the school community and collect community data for the Youth Voices participants.
Leaving a Lasting Mark: Becoming Part of a Community Vision

Leaving a Lasting Mark: Becoming Part of a Community Vision

The L. A. River School and all the students who participated have been indispensable partners in the ongoing endeavor to re-imagine the Los Angeles River.
Mapping: A Process of Reflection and Inspiration

Mapping: A Process of Reflection and Inspiration

Drawing maps helps students gain a deeper understanding of Sycamore Grove and prepares them for the next phase of their project.
Sycamore Grove: Gaining an Understanding of a Unique Place in L.A.

Sycamore Grove: Gaining an Understanding of a Unique Place in L.A.

Walking through Sycamore Grove offered the students a unique opportunity to learn about a place and history that the majority of them, and most Angelenos, are not familiar with.
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.
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