Challenge Grant Recipient: Youth Envisioned Streets
On February 27, 2016 our Challenge Grant team on Central Avenue – Youth Envisioned Streets (YES) – held their street improvement demonstration and community celebration. The goal of YES was to inspire students and community members in South LA to re-envision Central Avenue as a healthy and vibrant corridor. YES was held in conjunction with A Place Called Home’s annual Health and Garden Expo, where community members could sample healthy foods and learn how to prepare healthy meals. A primary event objective was to showcase as many community-based organizations as possible, including small businesses, local supply vendors, community artists, and nearly 200 local volunteers. Over 1,500 people attended the event and 400 surveys were collected in English and Spanish. One of the stated goals of this event was to address the social determinants of health, including economic vitality, healthy eating and activity, and community vibrancy.