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
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.
Taking a New Look at El Monte and the San Gabriel River

Taking a New Look at El Monte and the San Gabriel River

Sometimes taking a moment to examine our routine or maybe even stray from it, allows us to see something new or see something familiar in a new way.
Becoming a Part of the Change on the L.A. River

Becoming a Part of the Change on the L.A. River

Students are taking a role in the development of a vision and plan for the L.A. Riverfront.
An Offering for Dia de los Muertos

An Offering for Dia de los Muertos

As the number of Dia de los Muertos events grows is there a danger of its history and meaning being lost.
Community Connections: Making Connections: Getting to Know the Youth Voices Students

Community Connections: Making Connections: Getting to Know the Youth Voices Students

Objects can carry an abundance of meaning for each of us -- providing connections to moments and places in our lives.
Agents of Change on the Banks of the Los Angeles River

Agents of Change on the Banks of the Los Angeles River

The goal is to provide a platform for students to become engaged citizens and leaders in their communities as the process of re-imagining the L.A. River and its surroundings contin ...