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
Mapping Personal Hotspots with ArtLAB

Mapping Personal Hotspots with ArtLAB

ArtLAB students map the landscapes of their mind.
Building Trust with the L.A. Riverfront Student Producers

Building Trust with the L.A. Riverfront Student Producers

How do we break the ice and begin to get to know one another while simultaneously developing a safe space to launch a multi-media community exploration?
Photo Essay: Student Producers Explore the L.A. River

Photo Essay: Student Producers Explore the L.A. River

Student producers explore the islands of the L.A. River
Los Angeles River School Students Map Elysian Valley

Los Angeles River School Students Map Elysian Valley

Students from the Los Angeles River School explore Elysian Valley with a cartographers lens.
Winning the Future - Losing the Present

Winning the Future - Losing the Present

The gravity of the situation is not lost on the students, it's clear that everyone is feeling the stress in one way or another. A large percentage of Highland Park residents are u ...
Exploring Our Digital Environment

Exploring Our Digital Environment

It's not only Highland Park the students are exploring and looking to define, it's also the digital environment and their place within it.
Highland Park Youth Voices - Week One

Highland Park Youth Voices - Week One

The objectives this week were to familiarize the students with Departures and get them excited to tell their own stories about themselves and Highland Park.
The Corrido of LA - The Jam Session

The Corrido of LA - The Jam Session

It's not a typical day for a teenager to wake up knowing they will be performing live with LA's great Ozomatli, but that was the case for these Youth Voices students.