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.
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