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
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.
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.