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 Twitter @Burnthesnail or on Instagram by using #kcetyv.

Team Members
Marilu Serrano
Diana Gonzalez
Rudy Escutia
Ivan Ponce

What is your vision for improvement in your neighborhood and why is it important to take action?
We want to improve an empty lot in the Fletcher Square neighborhood, located at 3324 Chapman St, Los Angeles, CA 90065. It is important to take action because that lot has been empty for many years and is filled with trash and dangerous debris. We are hoping we can bring something into the lot to bring happiness and joy into the neighborhood.

How does this issue affect the people in your neighborhood (including you,) and how will things change once it's improved?
It makes the neighborhood look ugly and we want to make it look more beautiful and not ghetto. Things will change because people will interact and have social interactions.

How do you plan to advocate for this issue and get people on board with your goal?Speak to the owner and tell them how the empty lot affects our neighborhood and the surrounding area. Also bring it up to the Neighborhood Council and get their support. Reach out to all our neighbors and get them on board.

If anything was possible, what would you do to improve this aspect of your community?
Change the empty lot and make it into something nice and make it into something that can bring the community together. We will ask the neighbors what they would like the lot to become; a dog park, a garden, or a parking lot.