Voices

Community commentaries on Speak City Heights

Youth Reclaim Public Space From Gangs With Mural

By The AjA Project In partnership with the Karen Organization, The AjA Project ran a nine-month program with young Southeast Asian refugee women called Photographers for Change (P4C). During the program, 15 Karen participants, ages 13 to 18 years old,in … Continue reading

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“We Were Strangers Once, Too”: The Current State of Immigration Reform for Youth in San Diego

By Kiran Mehta, Beto Soto, Famo Musa, Binti Musa and Karla Flores The YAC Youth Media Team has worked to understand and share the voices and stories of undocumented and unaccompanied minors in the region, as well as to identify … Continue reading

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City Heights Youth: If I Had $265M

By Brent Jensen, Kassandra Elias, Famo Musa, Kiran Mehta and Karla Flores In an effort to positively impact the community, Price Philanthropies and California Endowment has invested an estimated $265 million in City Heights over the past 15 years. Funded … Continue reading

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City Heights Homeless on Changes in Their Community

By Brent Jensen, Kiran Mehta, Beto Soto, Binti Musa and Karla Flores In efforts to positively impact the community, Price Philanthropies and The California Endowment invested an estimated $265 million in City Heights over the past 15 years. The construction … Continue reading

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Youth Photographers Share Snapshot of Health Barriers for Immigrants

Overcoming Barriers to Health – The AjA project from The AjA Project on Vimeo. By The AjA Project Through photography, the young women of Overcoming Barriers to Health collectively identified health issues and then used their images to create a … Continue reading

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Voices: Identifying Barriers to Health Faced by City Heights Immigrants

Overcoming Barriers to Health is a collaboration between The AjA Project and UCSD’s Center for Community Health. The young women that participated ranged from 12 to 17 years old and were first- and second-generation East African refugees and immigrants. Through … Continue reading

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Voices: Don’t Think Ferguson Could Happen in San Diego? Think Again.

By Dwayne Crenshaw Dwayne Crenshaw is a native San Diegan and long-time community and nonprofit leader. Crenshaw’s commentary appeared on Voice of San Diego, a Speak City Heights partner, and has been edited for style and clarity. Could Ferguson happen … Continue reading

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Voices: New Teachers Bear the Burden of Public Policy Failures

By Oscar Ramos Oscar Ramos taught at The Preuss School for seven years and now works at a public school district in Texas. He’s also a previous contributor to Speak City Heights partner Voice of San Diego. Ramos’ commentary has … Continue reading

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Voices: Personal Stories of Homelessness in City Heights

By Brent Jensen Brent Jensen is a high school student and member of The AjA Project’s Youth Advisory Council. People void of a support system and unable to attain financial and emotional stability must sometimes reconcile with the reality of … Continue reading

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Students to Display Themes of Sustainability, Education on Monroe Clark Art Wall

Students at Monroe Clark Middle School are completing plans and raising money to paint a mural on their campus. | Photo Credit: Juan Carlos, The AjA Project By Julia Richardson The AjA Project’s PhotoCity program at Monroe Clark Middle School … Continue reading

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