Franklin High School
Franklin High School

Stretching the length of historic Figueroa Street and criss-crossed by York Boulevard and the Avenues, Highland Park is one of LA's original suburbs. Its history is deeply meshed with the ever-evolving face of Los Angeles, but its character and feel are unique as defined by its shops, streets, homes, schools and most importantly its residents. Currently, it's home to one of LA's largest youth populations. With over 50% of the population under 30, who better to share a story of Highland Park's past, present and future, than its young residents?

For the Highland Park installment of Departures, Youth Voices partnered with the Arroyo Seco Academy at Franklin High School. The student producers engaged in a multimedia exploration and dialogue with their neighborhood and their place within it, connecting with their community face-to-face and through digital media. Ultimately creating visual and audio expressions of the neighborhood where they attend school, work, live and play.

Follow us to see Highland Park, re-envisioned through the eyes and words of the student producers.

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Photography

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 to the student photographer.

Recent Stories
Kenia Villa's Digital Mural

Kenia Villa's Digital Mural

My digital mural shows a lot about who I am and what connects me to my community.
Karen Quijada's Digital Mural

Karen Quijada's Digital Mural

I would like the public to know that Highland Park has a lot of historic places but no one really pays attention to them.
Community Field Trip - Audubon Center at Debs Park

Community Field Trip - Audubon Center at Debs Park

A connection to nature may not be what people think of first when they think of Highland Park but it was what a group of student producers had in mind on a recent visit to the Audu ...
Community Field Trip - Galco's Soda Pop Stop & the

Community Field Trip - Galco's Soda Pop Stop & the "History of Highland Park" Mural

Youth Voices student producers had an opportunity to take a walk around their neighborhood to visit two unique and historic locations in Highland Park.
Multi Media Workshop II - Photography / Digital Notebooks

Multi Media Workshop II - Photography / Digital Notebooks

Students went out into their school and searched their memories to create a narrative about their time at Franklin High School.
Mapping Highland Park...Mapping Community

Mapping Highland Park...Mapping Community

The student producers created an interactive representation of what makes their neighborhood unique, rich in stories, and most importantly, what makes it theirs.
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