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For the Very First Time, We Saw Where Our Food Comes From

A trip to Nestle and to Muir Ranch gets the Pathfinder Fellows thinking about where their food comes from.

Growing up in the neighborhoods we've grown up in, we've never had a chance to see where our food comes from or how it's created, and we've never seen an actual farm. That all changed in the eighth week of the Pathfinder Fellowship. We visited Nestle Corporation and headed to an urban farm, Muir Ranch in Pasadena.

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Sometimes You Need a Creative 'Break' to Figure Out Your Path

Taking a day to explore creative ways to use video helps youth reflect on their own personal interests.

Finding your path in life can feel like a really "serious" thing, but we're discovering that the process works best when we're able to tap our creativity and have fun. Indeed, the seventh week of the Pathfinder Fellowship took us to Alexandra Ballroom, an event space located on the second floor of a historic building in Downtown Los Angeles that dates back to the 1920s. People usually hold weddings, proms, quinceaneras, and fraternity and sorority events there, but we were there for a skills workshop with a nonprofit organization called OMG Everywhere. The organization hosts art workshops for kids and provides students with a unique opportunity to collaborate with working filmmakers, focusing on the intersection of music and film and how the lens of a camera can change a person's worldview.

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Learning to Leave Your Mistakes Behind and Let Yourself Dream Big

A trip to the Grammy Museum and the Staples Center helps the Pathfinder Fellows dream big.

This week the Pathfinder Fellowship took us to the heart of entertainment in Downtown Los Angeles. Valentina Martinez, the community affairs manager for AEG, organized a tour for us of the Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles, which is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. We also got to take a tour of the Staples Center, which is right across the street, to check out the home arena of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Los Angeles Kings sports teams.

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Change Only Happens When We Come Together

A visit to the Museum of Tolerance and to 3 World's Cafe taught us that change only happens when we come together.

Growing up in a low-income community, it's easy to see first-hand what the effects of prejudice really look like. We have neighborhoods and schools that are still segregated, gang violence, and we live in food deserts. It feels like no one cares about our suffering and that people who have more are fine with our communities being this way. And when you turn on the news, you only hear that we are lazy, violent, and uneducated. They say we're a menace to society. This week, spending time at the Museum of Tolerance on Los Angeles' Westside and at 3 Worlds Cafe in South Los Angeles made us reflect on how the kind of hatred that created the Holocaust affects our community today.

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What Would School Look Like if Every Student Built Caine's Arcade?

GOOD's Pathfinder Fellows headed to Melrose Elementary School to volunteer in classrooms helping kids build arcade games designed out of cardboard.

When we were in school, we sat at desks with a textbook, paper, and a pencil, and our teachers lectured. You probably had that experience too, but for students attending a school participating in the Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge, learning is happening with popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and of course cardboard.

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