Compiling the Evidence: Working Together on the River

L.A. River bike path in Elysian Valley

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.

The community cause our team took on was to clean up the Los Angeles River bike path, add more water fountains, benches and create maps to show these new places. Our team selected this issue because we wanted to help our community be a cleaner and more active place.

We learned that many people care about the river and how it looks. We learned about their ideas and how they would want the bike path to look.

We interviewed the uncle of one of the River Girls, who rides his bike along the path all the time, and Ruth Gallardo, community resident with expertise in water quality. They were both very impressed with how involved with the community our team was. They liked our ideas and told us how they wanted to help us in our cause. They provided information of how the Girls Scouts can help us with our cause and can earn their badges in the process.

We came up with the idea of having a big clean up day of the bike path in Elysian Valley. We also want to work with the community to come up with more ideas on what they want to do to keep the bike path clean and a fun place to be active.


Making Connections: Getting to Know the Students


Compiling the Evidence: Rehabilitating the L.A. River