Mountain View High School Vikings

Youth Voices is working with students from Mountain View High School to explore the San Gabriel River and the surrounding communities. The students have formed teams to explore and investigate their communities, map assets, collect and share stories, data and community input for their projects. All the while they are learning and expanding their knowledge of digital media and civic engagement. Follow their work here and on Instagram and Twitter by using #kcetyv.

Team Members
Valerie Marin
Esther Alvarado
Sergio Morelos

What is something you want to improve in your neighborhood?
We would like to improve the Mountain View High School Viking mural that is located behind the gymnasium facing the local freeways and the San Gabriel River. We are hoping to renovate or completely change the mural.

Why is it important to improve this aspect of your neighborhood?
It's important as students of Mountain View High School to improve our mural because we want to give a better image of our school. We also want the mural to look presentable to everyone who passes by it.

Detail of damage on the mural

Where would you go to investigate and document this issue?
We would go to Mr. Switzer, Mountain View's art teacher, to guide us into creating a beautiful work of art that represents the schools sense of pride. We would also talk to the school's ASB to get their input on renovating the mural and see what steps are involved to accomplish the new mural.

The original mural, seen here in the 1980 yearbook, was painted in 1975

Valerie and Esther researched through the school's yearbooks to find out that the current mural was painted in 1995

Who is affected by this issue in your neighborhood, and how would things change for them once you've improved the situation?
The renovated mural will give the students a renewed sense of pride. The students won't reject the fact that the school is a part of them if it is beautified.

What are two possible ways that you can take action towards solving this issue?
We will first talk to several students, conduct a poll, and see their views on the mural and see if it's a good idea to renovate it. Then we will ask the school administration to see if they are on board with our idea.

The broken light is evidence of further repairs needed to showcase the mural

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