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
Take A Virtural Tour of Northeast Los Angeles

Take A Virtural Tour of Northeast Los Angeles

Northeast L.A. covers many neighborhoods and many experiences. See how students from three local high schools see, experience, and understand their communities through a multimedia ...
Mapping Through a Personal Lens

Mapping Through a Personal Lens

The places, people, and objects of interest marked on their maps, collectively begin to form the student's narrative of their community.
Visiting Rick Cortez at RAC Design Build in Elysian Valley

Visiting Rick Cortez at RAC Design Build in Elysian Valley

Student producers from the L.A. River School continue their exploration of the places and people that make up the Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront district.
Negotiating for Time to Explore

Negotiating for Time to Explore

Field work provides the Youth Voices student producers with an opportunity to practice the technical and creative ideas they have been exploring in the media workshops.
Community Field Trip: San Fernando Road

Community Field Trip: San Fernando Road

Student producers from the L.A. River School and ArtLAB took a walk around their neighborhood and captured the details that make up a community -- details often missed when simply ...
Looking Through The Lens

Looking Through The Lens

Some pictures capture the essence of a location while others invite the viewer to experience the place in a deeper more emotional way that allows us to understand it's importance t ...
Student Producers Collaborate on Mapping Northeast L.A.

Student Producers Collaborate on Mapping Northeast L.A.

As the student producers move from the personal to the collaborative phase of Youth Voices, new sets of complex relationships and stories begin to emerge.
Mapping: Organizing Space

Mapping: Organizing Space

Maps have not always been simple representations of reality but a tool used to conceptualize and organize space. This is true for the Youth Voices producers who focused on their pe ...