Building a Message: The L.A. River Represents Los Angeles

Los Angeles River

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.


We selected this community cause because we all live near the river. We all know that the river is a crucial part of Los Angeles and if we don't take care of it there could be bad consequences. We have all been involved in past river cleanups and have enjoyed them dearly.

There were many community experts and people who live near the river that supported our ideas. They have provided us with ideas to keep our project going. By talking to them we found out there were flaws in our ideas. They gave us advice on what we could fix and how we could make our project more helpful to the river and the residents near by.

We realized that it takes a lot of work/ teamwork for a project to get started and we need to consider many details to continue our project.

So far our project's process has been good. We learned that there are many people who are willing to participate in annual river cleanups or monthly river cleanups. Our goal is to continue to participate in many more river cleanups and try to recruit more people and organizations to join us. We hope to connect with organizations whose main focus is revitalizing and improving the environment in the river, the biodiversity in it, and hopefully bring back the wildlife that disappeared years ago.

As the river improves so will our community.

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