Mountain View High School
Mountain View High School

The San Gabriel River stretches from the San Gabriel Mountains, high atop San Antonio Point, down to Seal Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Along its 60 mile route it crosses 19 cities, including the city of El Monte. Departures has embarked on an exploration of this mighty river -- the geography, history, people, and the diverse communities along its path.

The River is familiar territory for the students at Mountain View High School, as it runs along the school's eastern side bordering the athletic fields. Students from the school's VISTA Academy are the newest participants in the Departures Youth Voices Program. The Academy provides the students with a strong foundation in media that they will be able to pull from as they embark on their work exploring their community and their relationship to the San Gabriel River. Along the way becoming advocates for their community and leading efforts to promote positive change.

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Leaving a Lasting Mark: A Dog Park as a Shared Space

Leaving a Lasting Mark: A Dog Park as a Shared Space

Students investigate the opening of a dog park in El Monte and the added benefits it can provide the community.
Leaving a Lasting Mark: Restoring a Symbol of School Pride

Leaving a Lasting Mark: Restoring a Symbol of School Pride

Students look to bring a school mural back to life.
Leaving a Lasting Mark: Revitalizing Valley Boulevard with a Youth Perspective

Leaving a Lasting Mark: Revitalizing Valley Boulevard with a Youth Perspective

Students highlight the need to include youth in the planning and revitalization process of Valley Blvd. in El Monte.
Leaving a Lasting Mark: Students Present their Community Cause to the Public

Leaving a Lasting Mark: Students Present their Community Cause to the Public

This is one way the students insert themselves into the public conversation on the crucial issues facing their communities.
Community Interview: A View From the El Monte City Hall

Community Interview: A View From the El Monte City Hall

Our number one focus is to help the El Monte community by building a dog park. Now it doesn't sound like much but it takes quite a bit of doing.
Community Outreach: Students Meet The Community

Community Outreach: Students Meet The Community

Our team passed out postcards that asked, "What do you want to see at the first dog park in El Monte?" and "Could this be the site of El Monte's first dog park?"
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