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
Clearing a Patch: Students Get Their School Garden Going

Clearing a Patch: Students Get Their School Garden Going

For most students spring break marks a time of relaxation, but for a group of students at Arroyo High School in El Monte it's an opportunity to get their hands dirty in their schoo ...
Using Twitter for Social Good: Raising Awareness on the effects of Teen Dating Abuse

Using Twitter for Social Good: Raising Awareness on the effects of Teen Dating Abuse

Today, social media plays a pivotal part in everyone's lives, but for current high school students who have grown-up in the digital information era, social media is simply part of ...
Being Flexible and Prepared For the Unexpected

Being Flexible and Prepared For the Unexpected

January is a busy school month for Youth Voices students. Learning how to juggle a variety of responsibilities is a part of their learning process but so is being able to prioritiz ...
The Importance of Knowing Your History

The Importance of Knowing Your History

An arts organization offers students a chance to take a deep look at the people and stories that make up their community.
A Trip Around El Monte and South El Monte to See its Past, Present, and Future

A Trip Around El Monte and South El Monte to See its Past, Present, and Future

The trip was an opportunity to see the great work being done and identify what is still needed in the community.
Seeking Change Through Collaboration

Seeking Change Through Collaboration

Collaborating with school officials and community organizations is key for the Youth Voices students to gain clarity on how they investigate and advocate for their community cause.
Social Media in the Classroom

Social Media in the Classroom

"Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy"
Postcard Tour of El Monte and South El Monte

Postcard Tour of El Monte and South El Monte

We asked Youth Voices participants the question: Whats your city postcard? and asked them to respond by designing a postcard of their city.
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