LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2012) — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is hosting its First Annual Youth Research Symposium on Saturday, May 26.
The free and public event, entitled “Initiate, Sustain, Transform L.A.,” will showcase environmental justice and public health participatory action research projects from APALC’s Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations School Based Program, and feature the work conducted in seven Los Angeles area public high schools, including Civitas School of Leadership, Lincoln High School, Mark Keppel High School, Edward Roybal Learning Center, San Gabriel High School, West Adams Preparatory High School, and Wilson High School.
“We are very excited to be working with local non-profit partners and the Los Angeles Unified School District to develop student academic and critical thinking skills on issues of environmental justice and health but also to engage students in strategies and efforts for a better, and greener L.A.,” said APALC Leadership Development Director Marvin Andrade.
“Over the past school year, students have been working on research topics including: access to healthy foods in low-income communities, the revitalization of the L.A. River, and school and community gardens. The symposium offers students the space and audience for present their ideas,” said Li’i Furumoto, APALC’s youth program manager.
Families and community members are especially encouraged to attend, hear and support the youth and enjoy free food and prizes. Special keynote speakers include APALC Executive Director Stewart Kwoh, and Oscar de la Torre, founder and director of the Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) in Santa Monica and board member for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.