After a long and engaging conversation on what the Ethnographers could do better, we enjoyed a tour around the Robert F. Kennedy school. Our wonderful tour guide, Franky gave us more information about the schools that is so actively engaged in the arts. The school’s art comes from artists from the communities, teachers and art based on students. Words can not describe the creativity and beauty of the art so I'll let the pictures do the talking.
This Tuesday, July 5, 2016 my fellow young ethnographers and myself had the opportunity to tour the Los Angeles City Hall Downtown. Stephanie, who works at the City Hall with the LA Promise Zone, gave us the tour. Amongst the many floors and halls, she explained the history of the building and Los Angeles. She explained that there were 27 floors at City Hall and 11 miles of secret underground tunnels in Los Angeles.
Although this community faces many challenges, there were many people at the park that were involved in activities but still came up to us to ask us what the Promise Zone was. To me, this meant that the people that I live around want to see improvements in their community. I believe that this summer as part of the Young Ethnographer Program, we can provide that for them.
With this experience, we also realized that we had to improve our strategies of approaching people. We decided to have a pitch about the young ethnographer program to help hook people in. Our first day may have been harsh, but it helped us see not everyone was open to cooperate and know that it was okay, because there were people that were. After reviewing our first day, the next day out in the field we would go with better ideas, confidence, and the passion of making a difference in the world and our communities.
Luckily, a few of us were able to get a picture with him in the huge crowd. There were many other young people who were working on different programs like us and were pleased to get in our picture. It was a wonderful experience and will be my highlight for this summer 2016. We hope that Mayor Garcetti was as intrigued and content to have met all of us as we were to meet him. We hope he'll be checking out the work we will be doing in the upcoming weeks.
On our very first day of orientation, we were put into groups in order to name some challenges, famous cities, and things we liked in the LA Promise Zone. After we named them we had to write them down and put them on post-its according to where they were on the map. This was one of the first times we were able to connect as a group.