Community Connections: Meet Ricardo R.

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WELA YMCA Youth Institute, is part of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative funded by The California Endowment.Youth are exploring and investigating how the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) can empower and improve their local school communities.

What grade are you in and what school do you go to?
I am currently in the 9th grade and I attend Media Arts Entertainment High School.

What's the most important thing to know about you?
I have a huge passion for filmmaking and skateboarding. If it were possible to live off both for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest person.

Where is the first and last place you would take a new visitor in your neighborhood?
I would take a visitor to El Mercadito, which shows a huge part of our culture in Boyle Heights. Then I would take them to any local park to see what goes on in the parks for example baseball, football, and also soccer games. Finally I would take them to Downtown to see how things go by.

What object connects you to your neighborhood? How does it link you to your community?
A skateboard connects me to my neighborhood. It is a way of transportation in my community and skateboarding is part of who I am, without it I feel lost.


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