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Youth Voices is working with students from the Los Angeles River School to re-imagine the L.A. River and the surrounding communities as part of the Northeast Los Angelels Riverfront Collaborative. The students have formed teams to explore and investigate their communities, map assets, collect and share stories, data and community input for their projects. All the while they are learning and expanding their knowledge of digital media and civic engagement. Follow their work here and on Instagram and Twitter by using #kcetyv.
Describe the cause your team identified, investigated and documented.
We are working on a vacant lot, trying to improve our neighborhood. It affects us and the community because seeing a trashed filled lot daily makes everyone feel bad about the neighborhood.
Why did your team select this cause?
We want to see and make a change in our neighborhood.
What did you learn about this issue in the community?
That it takes time and patience to get the results you want.
Who did you interview?
We talked to people who live in the neighborhood, and a professional MMA wrestler, Eddie Jackson. He said it will be nice to have a change and that it's good to see the young strive to succeed. We also surveyed the residents of the neighborhood to see what they thought about the lot and what they would like to see it become. Below are two examples of completed surveys, one in English and the second in Spanish.
What did they have to say about your cause?
They thought it was a great idea. They were very impressed and happy that people are taking an action.
Did they provide possible solutions to the community cause your team identified?
Yes they said a community garden would be nice, and that's exactly what we wanted.
What are other ideas towards improving this aspect of your community that you've come up with or discovered?
We need to stay on task and get as much help from the community.
What is the community support for your cause?
They are willing to help out in any way they can.
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