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

Melissa Munoz
Maria Trujillo
Clarissa Guzman
Katia Lopez
Karina Reyes
Wendy Figueroa


What is something you want to improve in your neighborhood?
We want to remove and prevent the trash in the L.A. River and walk ways. There are a lot of plastic bags stuck on the branches in the river. Sometimes we see blankets, shoes, old pillows and even mattresses in the river. We've also seen shopping carts and furniture and even diapers.

Why is it important to improve this aspect of your neighborhood?
It's important because we want the neighborhood and the river to look nice and clean.

Where would you go in your neighborhood to investigate and document this issue?
We would go to the river to investigate the issue and to talk to the residents that live in Elysian Valley.

Who is affected by this issue in your neighborhood, and how would things change for them once you've improved the situation?
The residents and visitors are affected by this issue. People would think the river looks nice and they would appreciate it more.

What are two possible ways that you can take action towards solving this issue?
We can organize clean-ups every month or two. We can also interview residents and see what ideas they have.

What is your vision for improvement in your neighborhood and why is it important to take action?
Overall we want the river to be a cleaner place for people and animals and it's important to take action so the river would be a cleaner for everyone.

How does this issue affect the people in your neighborhood (including you,) and how will things change once it's improved?
It affects the animals and the community and once it's improved the river will be a better environment not just for animals but for the people too.

How do you plan to advocate for this issue and get people on board with your goal?
Tell people about the trash in the river, show them pictures and raise awareness about how the river is doing and issues surrounding the river.

If anything was possible, what would you do to improve this aspect of your community?
Make the river a better place to be at and make it a cleaner place.

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