Creating personal maps is one of the first activities we do in Youth Voices. We ask the student producers to identify the places they spend time with friends, or places that have meaning to them as well as other key locations, people, and things. This begins the process of thinking more critically about their neighborhood along with initiating a creative freedom to express ideas that are true to their experiences. The maps provide an opportunity to put it down on paper and reflect on a personal memories that start to paint a clearer picture of Leimert Park and what they would like to see it become.
Layer one identifies Joy's Hot Spots or key locations in her neighborhood
Layer two adds description and meaning to the hot spots
To read more about the process of creating the Leimert Park personal maps click HERE.
Joy Combs comes to Youth Voices with an energy befitting her name. An alumni of several creative programs in Leimert Park she exhibits a confidence in her ability to express herself in a variety of forms. For her Youth Voices project she decided to focus her exploration on the stories and art of Degnan Boulevard.