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
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 ...
Leimert Park: Youth Come Together To Tell Their Neighborhood Stories

Leimert Park: Youth Come Together To Tell Their Neighborhood Stories

Departures Youth Voices is collaborating with a strong group of young people and arts organizations deeply connected to the rich energy and history of Leimert Park.
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.