Re-Imagining Our Campus

Twelve Finding Voice youth worked with two staff members from the UA’s Drachman Institute to identify ways to improve the quality of life on the Catalina campus. The youth used their writing and photographs about the campus to identify pressing issues (lack of shade, benches, and green spaces). By the end of the semester, the youth worked with the Drachman Institute to produce a landscape architecture plan to address some of these issues. The students and the Drachman Institute partners met with Catalina’s principal and both school and district maintenance staff to ensure that any plans developed were realistic and logistically feasible. After receiving administrative approval for their proposals and securing funding, in the fall of 2011, over 100 students and adults, ranging from the Catalina wrestling team to the principal, implemented the landscape architecture plan by planting dozens of trees and a garden and assembling new benches and tables.