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
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 ...
Students Capture the L.A. River on Film

Students Capture the L.A. River on Film

Youth Voices student were given disposable film cameras to photograph the river.
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?