Youth Voices | KCET
For the Chinatown installment of Departures Youth Voices, we partnered with the Chinatown Service Center's Youth Council, a program that has been around for decades. We were very fortunate to work with them because they are the main—and perhaps only—hub where youth from around the area hang out.
Our hope for the Chinatown Youth Voices Project was that it would provide a voice for the new generation of ethnic Chinese in the area, while also representing the great diversity of voices from the area's past, present, and future. Learning media production against the background of the neighborhood in which you live gave students an opportunity to discover who they are very directly - an empowering experience that is not commonly had in educational settings.
The majority of the students at the Chinatown Service Center were enrolled at Chatsworth High School. The rest of the kids were students at Central High School of the Performing Arts down the street on Sunset and Grand.
Enjoy what the students produced for the Chinatown Youth Voices Project.
In this installment of Departures, Youth Voices partnered with the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale to explore the social history of Compton's Richland Farms. Only a couple of these kids actually lived in the Compton area, so the nature of the project shifted. Traditionally Youth Voices works with a group of high school students from the neighborhood that we are exploring and they contribute personal stories to the project. For the Richland Farms project, many of these kids had never heard of the place. So, what connected the school to the neighborhood you may ask.
It just so happens that the neighborhood of Richland Farms has a rich history of community-based environmental practices. The area is zoned for agricultural use where residents grow gardens, raise chickens, cows, goats, and even horses. The Environmental Charter High School teaches the importance of sustainability and environmentalism, and integrates these concepts into the heart of their mission statement. At the school, students enroll in a program called The Green Ambassadors, which teaches them environmental practices and how to advocate for systematic change.
Richland Farms, thus, presented an incredible opportunity for these students to research an actual urban agricultural community. The students were able to compare ideas and theories learned in the classroom with the reality of agricultural practices and how it shapes the notion of community. They learned how to capture this neighborhood, tell its story, and assess the value of Richland Farms as perhaps a model. Through this process, students gained insight into the environmental crisis that the world faces and investigated whether ideas of localism are viable options for our future.
Join us on this exciting adventure into an area of Los Angeles that has been linked to the past, but perhaps represents a model for our future.
In this installment of Departures, Youth Voices partnered with the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale to explore the social history of Compton's Richland Farms
Arroyo High School in El Monte typifies the openness of California public architecture with its open breezeways that welcomes students and visitors to the single level red brick buildings that house the school’s offices and classrooms. Newly renovated in 2011, the school features local vegetation and gathering spaces that reflect its name and proximity to the Rio Hondo.
The inviting nature of the school’s exterior is also true for the students, faculty and staff who have welcomed Departures Youth Voices into their journalism class for the newest installment of Departures - El Monte/South El Monte.
The Youth Voices participants are editors and writers for the school paper, the Knights Banner, and are ready to use their writing and publishing experience to highlight the pressing issues in their city. It’s exciting to work with students so eager to express their ideas and hopes for their community.
Arroyo’s commitment to empowering students with skills and attitudes that will enable them to become creative, moral, and productive members of their diverse community aligns perfectly with Youth Voices’ goal of offering students a valuable experience that helps build their confidence and skills so they may become engaged in their community and identify themselves as leaders. As citizen journalists they’ll explore their personal connections to El Monte, identify and investigate an important issue and ultimately become advocates for their community cause.
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Youth participants are editors and writers for the school paper, the Knights Banner, and are ready to use their writing and publishing experience to highlight the pressing issues in their city. It’s exciting to work with students so eager to express.