WELA YMCA Youth Institute
WELA YMCA Youth Institute

WELA YMCA Youth Institute, is part of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative funded by California Endowment and is in one of fourteen California sites looking to transform their local health narrative.

The Weingart East Los Angeles (WELA) YMCA Youth Institute is located just east of downtown Los Angeles in the vibrant community of Boyle Heights. It aims to reshape the landscape of Boyle Heights through the Y’s three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

The Youth Institute is a year-round YMCA program that uses technology to promote youth development and prepare students for college & career readiness. The Youth Institute trains youth in an array of digital media skills including graphic design, web design, movie making, and music mixing in a computer lab setting. Projects are designed to encourage in youth a love of learning, while progressively and comprehensively building their academic, workforce, and social skills.

With the Youth Institutes strong civic engagement and youth development program, Departures Youth Voices was a natural partner. Our collaboration offers a new way for students to use digital media to dive deeper into investigating local campaigns and exploring the Boyle Heights community. Youth Voices is working with the Weingart YMCA Youth Institute to re-imagine local school communities. The youth teams are exploring and investigating how the prospect of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) can empower their communities and improve their schools.

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WELA YMCA Youth Present Plans to Improve Their Community

WELA YMCA Youth Present Plans to Improve Their Community

The student presentations identified issues that face their community of Boyle Heights, and provided suggestions on how they could be improved by using the Local Control Funding Fo ...
Compiling the Evidence: Classrooms Can Be Too Crowded to Find Academic Success

Compiling the Evidence: Classrooms Can Be Too Crowded to Find Academic Success

Students and teachers know how difficult it is to maintain decent grades and get help from teachers when there is just too many students in one classroom.
Building a Message: More Counselors Will Equal More Student Success

Building a Message: More Counselors Will Equal More Student Success

When we began, the focus of our project was different but when we began to look at the situation with the small number of counselors we knew that this should be our community cause ...
Building a Message: Students Need Music Programs

Building a Message: Students Need Music Programs

It's been sad to see that music isn't a priority for many schools even though our research shows how much music in schools is so important to student success.
Community Interview: Steven Ramos, Math Teacher

Community Interview: Steven Ramos, Math Teacher

I think the best class size would be a classroom of 15 or 16 students because the class is not too small or too large. It's just the right amount.
Community Interview: Antonio Sauza, Music Teacher

Community Interview: Antonio Sauza, Music Teacher

Being involved in band helps students work collaboratively with others and helps them to develop social and problem-solving skills that are necessary to be successful in the work f ...
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