Mountain View High School
Mountain View High School

The welcome sign for the City of El Monte reads, "The End of The Santa Fe Trail," but for the students at Mountain View High School this is the beginning of their journey as Youth Voices citizen journalists, a journey that will take them on an exploration of their city's history, geography, people, and future. Along the way they will have an opportunity to become advocates for their community and lead efforts to promote positive change.

This is a continuation of the Youth Voices program at Mountain View. Last year students from the school's VISTA Academy identified and wrote about their roles and desires for their city. They interviewed residents and community experts on such diverse issues as promoting economic development along Valley Blvd, creating a dog park/community gathering space near the San Gabriel River, and refurbishing their school Mural. For Departures it was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the community from the students, teachers, residents, and public officials.

This year we are off to a great start with students from the Viking Scroll journalism class. They will be able use their writing and journalism experience as well as grow their knowledge of digital media tools and how to apply them as they identify and develop their community causes.

Follow the student’s stories here and on social media using #kcetyv on Twitter and Instagram.

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Education Notes

Recent Stories
Community Connections: Meet Cynthia Barajas

Community Connections: Meet Cynthia Barajas

"Some people in our community doubt any of us will succeed outside of high school, but regardless of what some adults might say -- we believe otherwise" -Cynthia Barajas
Community Connections: Meet Jasmine Almaraz

Community Connections: Meet Jasmine Almaraz

"The object that best connects me to my school community is my cheer leading bow. My bow is purple and gold they represent our school colors." - Jasmine Almaraz
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.
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