When Different Worlds Meet
When Different Worlds Meet28-May-2013
On Friday, April 19th, 2013, YPM students from SEA East Los Angeles, South Gate, North Long Beach, and S.E.A. PEACE AMBASSADORS, had the pleasure of meeting students from Orcas Island High School located in Northern Puget Sound Washington. It is one of four islands in the San Juans served by the Washington State Ferry System. The Orcas Island School District has 464 students in grades K-12 and offers an academic curriculum that is aligned with the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. These students take a ferry to and from school daily which is an hour and a half each way.
Both groups assembled in the East Los Angeles Civic Center Park to meet and greet while having lunch and sessions continued at the Parenting Center. SEA students shared their school experiences as well as the Orcas High School students. Both groups were able to compare and contrast their environments and what they could offer to make their community a better place. Topics discussed included academics, drugs, gangs, teen pregnancy, bullying, peace movements, and sports. The day ended with a group picture and pleasant good-byes to a new partnership and window of two different worlds.
Among SEA staff present included Jason Hasty, Co-Principal, Henry Casas, Director of Community and Government Affairs, Veronica Jauregui, Parenting Center, Sister Ines Telles, Youth Peace Movement, Sabina Glover, Teacher East Los Angeles, and Soledad Hernaiz, Executive Assistant.