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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Recent Stories
Compiling the Evidence: Music Programs Tuning Out

Compiling the Evidence: Music Programs Tuning Out

With research, we found out many schools in our community don't have a music program. A solution that our team came up with was to use funds from the Local Control Funding Formula ...
Compiling the Evidence: Wherefore Art Thou Counselors?

Compiling the Evidence: Wherefore Art Thou Counselors?

Through our investigation we learned that proper counseling is not available to all students who attend big schools and even small schools.
Community Interview: Inside the Mind of a Boyle Heights Music Education Advocate, Susan Romero

Community Interview: Inside the Mind of a Boyle Heights Music Education Advocate, Susan Romero

Music education is very important because it taps into a part of the brain that allows creative expression.
Community Interview: Parents from Roosevelt High School Reflect on Parent Involvement and Class Size

Community Interview: Parents from Roosevelt High School Reflect on Parent Involvement and Class Size

In the end the quality of the teaching is what matters and not how many students you can try to teach at once.
Community Interview: Upward Bound Takes Students Step-By-Step Through the College Process

Community Interview: Upward Bound Takes Students Step-By-Step Through the College Process

What type of counseling do first generation college and low income students need to prepare for and apply to college? Skaters4Justice interview Vrisa Dominguez from Upward Bound-Bo ...
Exploration: What is the Importance of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)?

Exploration: What is the Importance of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)?

One of our goals is to identify ways our schools may be improved with the LCFF funds and help develop a plan for schools throughout LAUSD.
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