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.
Lewa labeled her Hot Spots with the numbers that correspond to the various people/places and things she was asked to think about and identify for her personal map. This guide is located in the student's production notes booklet and is also listed below.
- A place, corner or location that you want to see changed (and why)
- A place that is no longer there (that has been replaced or destroyed)
- A place that has a deep personal meaning for or relation to you
- A place that you can escape to
- A place that has "history"
- A great place to hang out
- A place where people come together to participate in a shared activity.
- A person that defines your neighborhood for you
- A place or person that you are afraid to meet, cross paths with, relate to
- A great place to eat.
To read more about the process of creating the Leimert Park personal maps click HERE.
Lewa is a sophomore at Hamilton High School. She has lived in Leimert Park for over nine years. She is an avid photographer whose goal with Youth Voices is to explore Leimert Plaza Park and examine how it could be changed to create a more family friendly space where the community can come together to have fun and find comfort in hard times.