Compiling the Evidence: Rehabilitating the L.A. 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.


Our project revolves around the Elysian Valley section of the Los Angeles River. We want to improve the river in many ways, these include having more clean-ups, having more trash cans, and an awareness campaign that will make people aware of the trash in the L.A River.

We selected this cause because it's close to home. We have always seen the river as a recreational place and wanted it to stay that way but also improve it. We would like to be able to come back to the river in the future and not see so much trash. We want future generations to be able to use the river as a hangout, to ride bikes on the path, and walk.

We learned that the community is the one that originally impacted the health of the river, so we should be the ones to try to find a way to fix it or revitalize it. We also learned that many community members aren't aware of the main issue, which is the rivers health.

We interviewed one community member, Manuel Muñoz, and two community experts, Alexa Teran and George Villanueva.

They agreed with our ideas and thought they were very good, they also gave us feedback. Something surprising that Alex Teran told us was that we need to find creative ways to educate and contact community members because today it isn't so easy to get people's attention.

They gave us the idea to have a day were the community can get involved in painting the trash cans so it can be a whole community effort. Getting the community involved is just one step in raising awareness.

We plan on going to nearby schools to encourage more students to get involved and contact different organizations that may be able to help us. We also plan on going to community meetings to ask their help in getting people involved.

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