About El Monte City School District

In March of 2015 Youth Voices held a professional development workshop with English Language Development (ELD) teachers and coaches from the El Monte City School District. They explored the Youth Voices curriculum and outlined ways they could integrate the civic journalism activities into their classroom during a ten week session in the Spring.

The teachers at Columbia, Durfee, and Wright Schools implemented the program with their seventh grade students and facilitated their process of identifying a concern or issue they wanted to investigate in their community.

As students began to think about their Youth Voices project they started to ask questions that were meaningful to them and their experiences. This critical inquiry is one of the objectives of the Youth Voices curriculum and a process that can facilitate deeper and richer conversations about important issues in their community. This process is not without its challenges as students discovered when trying to manage their time and stay motivated. None-the-less the students, and teachers, persevered as they investigated, researched and wrote their articles. Articles that provide a glimpse into how seventh graders view their city and their school's assets and needs.