EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT


UP260 Social Inequality in the American City - Alta Sita Youth Planning Activity
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


In the fall of 2003, students in UP260 participated in a well established community outreach program with the East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP). During the outreach weekend activities, UP260 students conducted a youth planning activity at the Alta Sita Elementary School. Students in grades 1-5 were asked to identify their favorite people in Alta Sita, their favorite places in Alta Sita, their least favorite places in Alta Sita, and to describe their ideal neighborhoods. The children were excited to share their thoughts and ideas with students from the University. The students were then given paper and asked to illustrate these ideas. Once finished, each student presented his drawings in front of the class. This planning activity provided an opportunity for the elementary students to start thinking critically about their community. This involvement is important because these children will be the future leaders of Alta Sita and their participation will determine the outcome of the neighborhood. The planning activity gave UP260 students the chance to interact with Alta Sita's youth and emphasized the importance of including the ideas of children in community planning.



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