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 Angeles Riverfront Collaborative. The student teams are exploring and investigating their communities by mapping assets, conducting outreach, and collecting stories through interviews with local residents and experts. Follow their work here and on Twitter and Instagram at #kcetyv.
The Lot Busters attended the Northeast Los Angeles River Collaborative's Open House on January 25 at the Los Angeles River Center. Our purpose was to present our cause -- to re-activate empty lots in our neighborhood -- to multiple individuals who were interested in community projects. We were able to inform people about our efforts and cause to revitalize vacant lots.
For our presentation to visiting residents of the community, we displayed information about our cause and efforts to those interested in our idea. We encouraged people to participate by asking for feedback relating to our project -- on what could make our ideas a reality, and other ideas that might be helpful to our cause and could add creative and engaging elements to our project.
We got a lot of suggestions on what could get this project off the ground, and got some contact information from really enthusiastic individuals. Two of those individuals may prove to be very helpful in the near future. One of them works in architecture. The other works in converting old lots into green space.
Overall, the outreach was a success and it could not have gone any better.