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

Students from L.A. Leadership Academy on the rivers edge

On February 14, Youth Voices students from the Los Angeles Leadership Academy and the Los Angeles River School attended the press event kickoff for the Northeast Los Angeles River Collaborative. The press event was to officially announce the collaborative's grant-funded study of the Glendale Narrows riverfront zone.

After the proceedings students were given an opportunity to speak with community members Cecilia Dominguez and Patricia Perez. Both speakers discussed the importance of door-to-door community engagement, as well as the value of taking ownership of one's community.

Shortly after this talk, the student producers were asked to navigate through the river islands located near Marsh Park, and draw their visualizations of this often unseen space. Student renderings ranged from accurate portrayals of their surroundings to hopeful changes for this iconic waterway. Below you can view a few samples of student drawings, as well as some of the moments that were captured during their time on the river.

L.A. River School students assist each other during a river crossing

An L.A. River School student takes advantage of a quiet moment to draw

A sample of work from a Los Angeles Leadership Academy student.

Students took pictures of their experience on the river. Stay tuned for their images from the day.

L.A. Leadership Academy students traverse the rivers miniature jungle.

A student from L.A. River School interprets the rivers islands.

A river rendering courtesy of a student from the L.A. River School.

Students from the L.A. Leadership Academy observe a strange mammal in the waters.

One brave student from L.A. Leadership Academy decides to roll up his pant legs and enter the river.

View the location of the students field trip in a larger map

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