Watts Youth on Influencing Positive Change

JashuaJahsua Jones is one of the youngest survey administrators for the Watts Community Studio project. Just 16 years old, he attends Simon Rodia Continuation School where he is completing his high school diploma. Jahsua has demonstrated great enthusiasm as a survey administrator and participant in civic engagement.  As a resident and youth of Watts, Jahsua feels it’s important to facilitate a community engagement approach that aims to make his neighborhood a better place to live in.  Additionally, he feels this experience has provided him with the opportunity to learn more about his own community. The Watts Community Studio is an innovative project out of Council District 15 that is asking Watts residents and businesses to influence the future of economic development and planning in the neighborhood. Jashua’s excitement centers on how the local government aims to change the dynamic in the community by learning more about what Watts wants and including the Watts community in the decision-making process.

“It’s the residents who will tell you what’s going on and what needs to be done.”

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