People + Places: Engaging Youth in Preservation – Beyond the Classroom
Thursday, September 30, 2021
5 - 6:00 p.m.
Whether you have started working with youth or are thinking about starting, join us in a conversation about activating and empowering the next generation of preservationists. Hear three different educators in Los Angeles share best practices on how they engage youth with historic places and cultivate an understanding of why preservation matters for youth, communities, and local heritage.
In this panel, you will learn:
Interactive techniques and strategies that connect youth to historic places and local heritage.
Place-based curriculum design principles.
How to leverage community resources and collaboration.
Vi Ha (she/they)
After a 15-year career in library services, Vi Ha (Hà Thục Vi) is the Librarian III responsible for the Octavia Lab, the award-winning DIY maker space and audiovisual space named for science fiction legend Octavia E. Butler, located at the Los Angeles Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library. The Octavia Lab, with its small collaborative staff, is made up of a group of employees shared with other departments, who come together to help make prototyping and creative technology approachable and accessible by uplifting the community with the lab ethos of “creativity within reach.”
Art Licon (he/him)
Mr. Licon started his teaching career at the age of 21. Over the past 23 years, he has taught at Damien High School, Van Nuys High School Performing Arts Magnet, and currently is at Abraham Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights. He has mainly taught Spanish Classes, as well as Chicano Studies and Ethnic Studies. He enjoys sponsoring student groups like M.E.Ch.A., BSU, and Asian Club. During the last 12 years, he has been the Lead Teacher of a Small Learning Community at Lincoln High that focuses on culture and social justice.
Anna Soffer (she/ her)
Ms. Soffer is a 6th-grade science and Los Angeles History teacher at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Silver Lake. She has designed civically engaged projects and curriculum for the Friends of the Los Angeles River, L.A. Sanitation, and the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Soffer has a passion for getting students involved in their community through historic preservation, environmental justice, and social action initiatives, and is forever in awe of her students' innovation and a strong sense of justice.
Sana Ahmed (she/her)