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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Mapping Community: Esther Alvarado

Mapping Community: Esther Alvarado

A place with great colors is Zamora Park because it is full of trees, it has two playgrounds, a basketball court, and a wall full of art.
Mapping Community: Frank Ramirez

Mapping Community: Frank Ramirez

I strongly think a skatepark should be built in El Monte. I see skaters everywhere but there isn't a specific place where they could skate freely without causing any trouble.
Mapping Community: Aaron Bautista

Mapping Community: Aaron Bautista

One person doesn't make this city, we are a community and we all work together in making this city great.
Mapping Community: Sarahi Santos

Mapping Community: Sarahi Santos

The most important place I had to include was my high school. The reason for that is it is also like my home.
Mapping Community: Monique Carrillo

Mapping Community: Monique Carrillo

A quite place is the San Gabriel River Path. That's where I can have some peace and quite, with no interruptions of any kind.
Mapping Community: Sergio A. Morelos

Mapping Community: Sergio A. Morelos

The first thing I drew on my map was my grandmother's house because that's where I have most of my memories.
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