Mapping Community: Sergio A. M.


Creating personal maps is one of the first activities we do in Youth Voices. We asked the students at Mountain View High School 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 their community and what they would like to see it become.

When I drew my map it was fun to see all the places I love about my neighborhood. The first thing I drew on my map was my grandmother's house because that's where I have most of my memories. The most important thing that I included was a street that I pass on my way to school where you can see the sun rising and it looks so beautiful.

Name a place in your neighborhood that you want to see changed.
The Boys and Girls Club because they need to do more things to get kids interested to go.

Where is a place with great colors?
The great place with colors for me would be a street that I pass by on my way to school because you can see the sun rising so perfect and makes all the trees and flowers look so beautiful.

Name a place that has a deep personal meaning.
A place that has deep personal meaning to me would be Pioneer Park because I played T-ball there when I was a kid and now my sisters and cousins play there too.

What is a place that's always quiet?
A place that is quiet would be the El Monte Public Library.

Name a place that has "history?"
A place that has history would be the El Monte Museum of History.

Where is a great place to hang out?
A great place to hang out would be my friend Jasmin's house because her parents and her are so funny.

Name a place where people come together to participate in a shared activity.
A place I come together with friends and family and share activities would be my grandmother's house because that's where we plan all our stuff and have so many memories.

Who is a person that defines your neighborhood for you?
My grandparents because wherever they are I feel like i'm home.

Name a place or person that you are afraid to meet or cross paths with?
I don't think I have a place or person I would be afraid to cross paths with.

Where is a great place to eat in your neighborhood?
A great place would be Art's Burgers because their animal style fries are the BOMB!

The first layer of Sergio's community map.

The second layer of Sergio's map showing more detail.


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