Safe, vibrant, walkable cities. That’s what most city dwellers would like their communities to be, but how do they start creating them?
Last month, James Lick Middle School students participating in the UnidosUS leadership program CASA (Cultura, Aprendizaje, Servicio, Acción) with our Jamestown After-School program walked the streets of two adjoining neighborhoods—one affluent, one more working class—in an effort to figure that out.
The CASA program helps youth become civically engaged right where they live. Through the program’s Community Walk, students from James Lick Middle School in Noe Valley and from Buena Vista Horace Mann Middle School in the Mission District spent a day together identifying and mapping what they considered the challenges and assets of their respective corners of the community. Then, they discussed how to leverage the community’s unifying values, norms, and traditions to make lasting changes.