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    It's not a typical day for a teenager to wake up knowing they will be performing live with LA's great Ozomatli, but that was the case for these Youth Voices students.
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    Student producers have traveled throughout the city conducting and filming interviews about the L.A. River. Along the way they have met a diverse group of people, each with unique associations to the river.
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    One way to really get to know the L.A. River is to spend an afternoon cleaning it up.
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    Some of our students submitted a corrido to LACMA's "The Corridos of L.A." project... and won!
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    Finding inspiration where the natural bottom of the river meets the concrete.
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    Youth Voices students from the L.A. Leadership Academy are taking part in an event to commemorate the Mexican Revolution by composing a corrido - a ballad song - about the city they call home.
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    Last week, we presented the video camera to the student producers from LA Leadership Academy. We reviewed some basics about video interviews, and reviewed ideas presented in previous workshops about photography, lighting and composition, and how those concepts would apply...
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    One of the main ways Departures represents Los Angeles' neighborhoods is through photography. Capturing people, places, objects, and even specific moments allows space to be reinvented and realized through digital murals. For Youth Voices, students learn basic principles of photography...
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    View Departures Youth Voices: LA RIVER in a larger map Last week students created hand-drawn maps of their neighborhoods, highlighting the positive and negative aspects of where they live. They were able to effectively show us the complexities of community...
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    The neighborhood we grow up in shapes who we are on many levels. We develop a sense of community with our family and neighbors around us that creates a nurturing environment and a true sense of belonging. For some people,...