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Seattle's Beacon Hill Street Stories

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Beacon Hill Street Stories was a project designed for youth ages 13 through 18. Street Stories provided Feet First the opportunity to work with our partners including the National Park Service Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Seattle Parks and Recreation to create an innovative to create an innovative youth engagement project. At Feet First our mission is to ensure that all communities in Washington Street Stories plays an important role in achieving this, giving a voice to youth. This voice is critical to the future health and vitality of our communities. The Street Stories project took place over 5 weeks. Youth learned the how, why and what makes a neighborhood walkable. They shared their new found knowledge and passion through story telling and creating short videos. We are excited to bring Street Stories to Beacon Hill as well as other neighborhoods in Seattle and across Washington State.

In the National Park Service we have something called "A Call to Action," which is a plan we are using all over the country to help guide us into the future. The Street Stories project embraces many of these actions we'd like to take, which include connecting people to parks; working in diverse, urban neighborhoods; engaging youth; and promoting health and wellness. So, really, it's a win, win, win project.

Partnerships are an important part of all the projects we work on. Seattle Parks and Recreation -- and Jean Lee -- provided a great place to have our class here at Jefferson Community Center, and the students came mostly from schools within the neighborhood. We also have a long-standing relationship with both the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park here in Seattle, so we were super excited to bring professional designers and storytellers into the Teen Room to interact with the students. And Feet First brought producers in from KUOW Public Radio's Youth Program to work with the kids on interview techniques. So it was really a well-rounded-out partnership.

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Watch how the NPS and Seattle partners merged storytelling, technology and community culture to creatively engage youth in exploring what makes a walkable neighborhood. Student Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/FeetFirstWA?feature=watch Partners: feetfirst.org, wasla.org, seattle.gov/parks