Throughout this experience I met many people with interesting stories to share. One story in particular caught my attention and stood out above all. I was walking down a street looking for people to survey and this man, who we will name Abe, came up to me and asked me what the LA Promise Zone was about. I explained the premise of this program and asked if he was willing to fill out a survey.
This picture caught my attention because this is an area where people have different types of opinions. Some people think that doing this survey is not something that will help any of the communities out, therefore, they do not take the survey. On the other hand, there are some people that want to learn more about the L.A Promise Zone and are willing to help out us out by taking the survey and they start sharing stories with some of us. Recently a couple shared their story of how they became homeless and what are some struggle that they have been going through these past five months.
This picture shows one aspect of Koreatown. This is one of the most busiest street in the neighborhood and as it shows it has buildings that have been recently built. Inside that building there’s a plaza where shops are also located and overall it’s a very occupied area. Unfortunately I was not able to take a picture, but if I did have the opportunity a couple of blocks down you would see street vendors trying to make a living out of what they do.
This area is unlike any other, the friendliest we have surveyed in my opinion. From Vermont and Pico to Mariposa and Pico, this area was simply a very comforting and friendly area to survey in.
I attend a youth group at the school in St.Thomas, and although I walk by the area every Friday, I never get to interact with the community; it's just people from the youth group I get to interact with.
But after today, I got to say that it was very amazing to get to know people from this community better instead of just passing by them. I got to interview a few businesses around the area where I usually pass by, and it feels good knowing you know a bit more about what they are, what they sell, and how it goes for them economically.
It was a great experience and an honor to be present at the press conference in Grand Park with Eric Garcetti. During the conference we got to listen to inspiring stories of other people in our communities. We also got the chance to learn about other great partnerships like 7- Eleven who have been helping improve teen employment. The mayor has been improving teen employment with dedication and hard work and we can see his progress through the jobs that are being offered through schools around Los Angeles.
This picture also helps me recapture those summer days as a kid going to park with my parents, staying up ‘till dark, going home exhausted after a day of fun in the sun. Living in Westlake I’ve only seen the park improve, with new play areas, and turf for sports like soccer and football, with even more plans to better the park. This park always gives me a sense of old memories and new ones, going back to my youthful days and the days now, the park almost works like a time machine bringing back old memories and making new ones.
At the end of the day everyone loves their community but there are many things that have to be changed. I hope that one day everyone has the resources they need near them no matter the neighborhood they live in. I love my neighborhood and I hope to live here my whole life as long as my family can afford it. My experience has been great and I now admire The Promise Zone so much more.
Sometimes I do see people go to the store but they don’t seem to buy much and they don’t buy stuff like a parachute or a gas mask. I’m pretty sure however people do buy things such as a gas mask or a parachute just to be prepared for anything. I personally think this store is the store to go to buy your important emergency needs. The neighborhood around this store is okay most of the time but also crowded to the point that car crashes happen often.
I always look around and think “wow this place is so ugly, and there is so much to fix.” I dwell on all the bad, and fail to acknowledge the good. This dog Silly is homeless, and all along with it’s owner were really happy with how little they had, and found comfort and a feeling of home here in Hollywood.
This community college brings in students from different communities throughout Los Angeles in order to achieve and experience the East Hollywood community. This means that not only people are getting an education, but they can also learn something about the community since they come from a different area.