The L.A. River from the north side

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.

Team Members

Karen Alvarenga
Yesenia Fuentes
Pamela Gonzalez
Enrique Velazco
Alex Rodriguez

What is something you want to improve in your neighborhood?
We want to improve the community by cleaning up trash in the Los Angeles River, in the riverbed and on the bike path.

Why is it important to improve this aspect of your neighborhood?
Cleaning up the river can help the river to look better, which can get people to come to the river more. It can also improve the water quality.

Where would you go in your neighborhood to investigate and document this issue?

We would go to the river and see how much trash there is and identify where the hot spots for trash are located.

Who is affected by this issue in your neighborhood, and how would things change for them once you've improved the situation?
Everyone is affected that goes to the river either to bike ride or just to view it, also the fishes and birds that are in the L.A. River are affected.

What are two possible ways that you can take action towards solving this issue?
Having a river clean up and getting people around the river involved.

What is your vision for improvement in your neighborhood and why is it important to take action?
To have a clean river, and to improve the water quality.

Team Blue develops their project plans