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
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 ...
Students Share their Vision for a Northeast L.A. Riverfront District

Students Share their Vision for a Northeast L.A. Riverfront District

Local youth have been a part of the Northeast L.A. Riverfront Collaborative from the get go. Three local students share their experiences and expand on their vision of the L.A. Ri ...
Leimert Park Workshop #4: Community Interviews

Leimert Park Workshop #4: Community Interviews

The students asked questions regarding the origins and history of Leimert Park as well as when and why African Americans began to identify it as both a residential and cultural hom ...
Leimert Park Workshop #3: Ready to Press Record

Leimert Park Workshop #3: Ready to Press Record

Does practice make perfect? Well it certainly makes most activities easier and more comfortable. That was the main objective during the Youth Voices media workshop focused on video ...
Leimert Park Workshop #2: Finding Focus

Leimert Park Workshop #2: Finding Focus

It was time for the students to re-frame their thinking and explore how they can translate their ideas into the visual language of photography and video.
Leimert Park Workshop #1: Identifying Neighborhood Connections

Leimert Park Workshop #1: Identifying Neighborhood Connections

What are the people, places and things that make up your neighborhood? For the Leimert Park student producers it's the places that nurture their creativity, connect them to their ...