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The Real Times LIMITED EDITION

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012

©2012 The Imagine Bus Project

San Francisco, California

www.imaginebusproject.org

I am human. I am resilient. I am beautiful. We are young. We are diverse. We are ready to create. The world is confusing. The world is changing. The world is full of life.

I Am. We Are. The World Is. TIBP Leadership Enterprise Presents / FALL 2011 STUDENT INTERNS

Life Experience; It’s No Easy Task

New Building and New Dreams Fulfilled

By JOHNETTE PAGÁN

By JUDITH FERNÁNDEZ

The year begins and brings with it the idea of hope for positive change and new experiences. For YTEC/ PCC youth, internships are in full swing and their goals for the next six months include learning even more about the world through their internships, research and presentations (exhibitions). This Big Picture method for learning has been embraced by youth over the past year and a half and has been fulfilled with the help of many partnering companies, non-profits and government mentors who have provided internship sites, experience, and coaching. This academically rigor-

ous approach calls for youth, their advisors on campus, and mentors to identify and provide creditable experience through carefully planned and excecuted tasks that are linked to their school work and their jobs. No easy task. But at The Imagine Bus Project, onsite mentors and YTEC/PCC youth have done an especially outstanding job of creating art that provides them with workrelated skills and that allows them to express their outlook, research, and hopes for their lives. As described previously, work done with The Imagine Bus Project by these

STUDENT EDITORIAL STAFF /

TABLE OF CONTENTS /

THE IMAGINE BUS PROJECT /

Jeziel A. Patricia J. Leo S. Dawn U. Luis V. Z.W.

Life Experience; It’s No Easy Task New Building and New Dreams Fulfulled Director’s Spotlight: Hayao Miyazaki Animated Neighbors Fashion Fast Forward HUF Devils Get Up Off Me Time Lost

Bringing Arts Education Where It’s Needed Most

Sandra B. Legler, Design Instructor

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The first Big Picture Learning School in San Francisco will soon be enjoying a new building! In April 2012, 40+ students, six teachers, and an innovative administrative team led by Principal Judith Fernández will be settling in to their new campus on 7th and Irving in the Inner Sunset District in San Francisco. This school has been previously housed on 42nd Ave., in a couple of dilapidated bungalows serving court ordered students since 2007 as part of an educational collaborative developed by SFUSD and a couple of CBO’s from across the city that provide wrap around services that

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include health assessments and access to city resources that fund a full time therapist and an internship coordinator. The school is projected to grow in the next three years by providing enrollment to 150 students from across the city that are looking for an alternative way to learn within the public school system. This new educational model, engages students to real world experiences, providing small learning environments, interest based exploration, and individual learning plans based on project based design and student needs and interests. Continued on Page A4


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Director’s Spotlight: Hayao Miyazaki By JEZIEL A. Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors with a career spanning fifty years. In high school Miyazaki began as a manga artist. His interest in animation began during high school after watching Japan’s first full-length feature animation, The Tale of the White Serpent by Taiji Yabushita. He is best known for the animated features Spirited Away (2001) and Ponyo (2008). Miyazaki started his professional career in 1963 as an animator at Toei Douga studio. In 1971 he moved to the “A Pro” studio, then to Nippon Animation. Along with Isao Takahata, he co-founded

Studio Ghibli, an animation studio and production company. Miyazaki has his own unique way of animating. Many of his films involve flying characters, and he likes to use pigs or pig like animals in his films. He often has a character entering a strange or forbidden land. His films often feature young protagonists or children in key roles. Many of his films criticize the use of violence as a means to an end while promoting peaceful reconciliation with one’s enemies. In 2012, Miyazaki will release his animated feature Parco Rasso: The Last Sortie.

Animated Neighbors By JEZIEL A. When I was younger, my favorite movie was Pixar’s Ratatouille. It was a movie that I could watch over and over again, without ever getting tired of it. I’ve seen every Pixar film with the exception of Cars 2. The Pixar creative process is made up of fourteen steps. First, a story idea is pitched. Next, the text treatment is written, story boards are drawn and then the voice talent begins recording. Editorial begins making reels, the art department creates the look and feel, models are sculpted and articulated, the sets are dressed, the shots are laid out, and finally the shot is animated. Sets and characters are shaded, lighting completes the look, and the computer data is “rendered.” Final touches are added at the end. Pixar Animation Studios is based in Emeryville, California. Ed Cat-

mull, Alvy Ray Smith, and Steve Jobs founded Pixar in 1986. Pixar is best known for its CGI-animated feature films created with PhotoRealistic RenderMan. CGI stands for computer-generated imagery and it is a field of computer graphics. Pixar’s feature films include: Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall · E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Cars 2 (2011). The $602 million average gross of their films is by far the highest of any studio in the industry. All of their films were among the fifty highest grossing animated films of all time. Disney announced on January 24, 2006 that it had agreed to buy Pixar for approximately $7.4 billion in an all-stock deal.

Fashion Fast Forward By Z.W. In 2012, start embracing bright and bold colors—bright blue, sharp green, chili pepper red, and sunny yellow. Faux fur and animal prints will inspire the textures and patterns of the New Year. The new look of 2012 will be cleaner, looser, and boxier than ever before. Stop wearing black and start wearing white! Infuse your collection with stripes, color blocks, and plaids with bright pops of color. Remember that your look is made of everything, from your hairstyle to the shoes on your feet. I really like wearing comfortable clothes, my favorite colors are gray, black, and blue, it’s pretty easy to incorporate these colors into my style, but it’s my hair that makes my look different and unique. After interviewing several young teens in San Francisco, I discovered and knew what they like to wear and where they love to shop. Teens like to choose from a variety of materials such as denim, silk, cotton, and corduroy. Some of their favorite brands

include Polo, Levi Strauss, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Express, Juicy Couture, Rock and Republic, H&M, Aeropostale, Wet Seal, The North Face, Forever 21, True Religion, and Guess. Most of them love shopping at downtown Westfield mall looking for something new to express their style. I love shopping at downtown Westfield because it has all my favorite brands under one roof. I budget $500 every three months to update my casual wear. If you’re on a tight budget, consider putting that money towards several new accessories that will keep your style on par.

HUF By LEO S. Keith Hufnagel is the owner of his own clothing line and skate shop named “HUF”. He has shops located in Los Angeles, New York, Japan, and previously in San Francisco. Keith grew up skateboarding in

Collage By LUIS V. the streets of New York in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He moved to San Francisco in 1992 to pursue his passion of skateboarding, and became a professional skateboarder. During his skate career he was given the opportunity to travel the world and meet many well-known people. Although he loved being a pro skateboarder, he had always wanted to open his own skate shop. In 2002, “HUF” opened its doors for the first time. It started as a small store on Sutter Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, as a place to host high-end clothing from the US and around the world. After the success of the store, Keith and fellow skater, and friend, Hanni El Khatib, decided to start their own clothing brand, named “HUF”. They have since opened stores in Los Angeles, New York City, and Japan. They also recently started a complementary shoe brand with a full skate team to promote it. While reading about Keith and watching interviews, I questioned why his business has been so successful. What came up often was that he loves what he does, and not only skateboarding. He also loves designing clothing that fellow skaters will want to wear. Everything he releases as a finished product is something he’s comfortable wearing while skating himself. His company may also be successful because it is operated and run by skaters. Everyone who calls the shots is a skateboarder and has been for most of their lives. They put their lives into the sport, and strive to make comfortable and affordable clothing for fellow lovers of skateboarding. I found that to run a successful business in skateboarding, or any field, you must really love what you are producing. You must give the

public what you think they want, and it also helps to work with others who appreciate the product and culture surrounding it. Hufnagel started from a love for skateboarding, opened his hole in the wall store in San Francisco, and then built his way up to a full cut-and-sew clothing line, foot-wear brand and skate team full of talented up-and-coming skaters. I believe none of this was possible without his passion and love for skateboarding.

Devils Get Up Off Me By PATRICIA J. My name is Patricia and I am 16 years old. I attend Principals’ Center Collaborative (PCC) Big Picture School. I live in San Francisco, CA, I have been through a lot in my teenage years, and have been on probation for almost three years now. Probation is tough because I know I could go back to the Youth Guidance Center (YGC) if I violate my probation. I got on probation because I decided to rob an innocent girl for her phone. It was a bad thing to do and I regret it. It took time for me to realize the seriousness of what I had done. Being on probation has taught me how to advocate for myself in different situations. Throughout these years of probation, I’ve been remanded two times for not following the expectations of my probation officer. I smoked marijuana and was tardy to school without an excuse. When I was first sent back to YGC, I was placed in a group home located in San Francisco. Being at the group home taught me a lot about responsibilities and healthy relationships. Throughout the months of being there I have ma-

tured and become more social with my peers. I started high school at Abraham Lincoln High School and was then transferred to the International Studies Academy (ISA) where things didn’t go well. I had to transfer to PCC. Switching schools made it difficult for me to earn my 9th grade credits. After eight months at the group home, I finally graduated from the program and lived at home where I did well. I transferred from PCC and started to attend Civic Center Secondary School while on the waiting list at ISA. The principal of ISA did not feel that it was a good idea for me to return to the school. My 10th grade year started off well at Civic Center. I was learning more than when I went to PCC. As the semester passed, I became very comfortable being out of a probation school and began smoking, came to school late and skipped class a lot. I had a lot of close friends attending Civic Center, but they were not on probation like me, they had a lot more freedom than I did. I started to feel crowded by such a negative environment. Once the semester ended, I was transferred back to PCC for summer school. PCC is a probation school and I was court ordered to attend the school for my 11th grade year. As summer school began, I was rarely on time and sometimes wouldn’t go to school at all. Getting to school late wasn’t a good idea, and staying out late each night was no help either. Before I knew it, I was remanded again and sent back to the group home. I no longer have the freedom I used to have. My advice to other teens on probation: Stay out of YGC. Put a stop to your bad habits now. Use your free time wisely and do something productive. Go for walks or socialize with friends that are doing something positive. Look into getting a job, earn your own money the right way, and open a bank account. Get into the habit of saying “no” and don’t put yourself in a negative environment. Get active! Join a center for youth like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, a recreation center or even a sports team at school.. Look at other organizations that offer services for youth such as Brothers Against Guns (BAG), Sisters Rising, Sisters Circle, and SAGE. Try not to fall to peer pressure. These days there are a lot of kids younger than me doing things they should enjoy when they’re 21 or older. All I’m saying is enjoy your life as a teenager. You’re not going to be on probation forever, it’s just a temporary period in life that will end. Teens on probation may end up back in YGC because they may not have support from their parents or loved ones. Some may have parents that aren’t concerned enough about where their child goes, who they’re around, or what they do when they’re not in their sight, or some may even just have the “I don’t give a crap attitude.” Some teens may be hard headed and curious, and others

may want attention or to just fit in. Don’t go too far to impress anyone. Take my advice; don’t sacrifice your freedom and your future!

Time Lost By Dawn U. My name is Dawn. I am sixteen years old and I attend Principals’ Center Collaborative. I am 5’5” tall and African American/El Salvadorian. I was born in Houston, Texas, and have been through many obstacles in my life. When I was little my mom never took care of me. Her name was LeAnn and she had me in her teens. She would always have her friend watch me while she smoked marijuana with her friends. As a little girl, I knew that’s not what moms were supposed to do. Later on we moved to California with her older sister Mariah and son Anthony. I really loved meeting them because they brought joy into my life and love into my heart. One day, my mom and her sister got into a fight over me because LeAnn tried to take me with her somewhere and I refused to go. This made LeAnn very mad. She tried to force me to come, and Mariah was not having it. She knew LeAnn was not taking care of me. I used to throw tantrums and hold on to Mariah’s leg begging her not to go. Mariah won that fight and we didn’t hear from LeAnn for a couple of years. I was taken into foster care, and don’t remember that part, but I know I didn’t have much family. No one came for me but Mariah did, and they released me into her custody. I didn’t know what being adopted was when she asked me. I was about seven years old. I remember Mariah (mom now) asking me, “So what is LeAnn going to be to you now?” I said,“ My auntie.” Mariah is now my mom. But, in my heart she was my biological mom. I remember my brother Anthony saying, “Why does she have to be here?” This upset him because he was the only child. Later we grew closer and he became my best friend. We always hung out together. I really love my brother. When he got older, I felt left out because he had new friends. I really didn’t have friends ‘cause I was just getting used to the new neighborhood. I used to get teased about being adopted, and it hurt a lot. Only it was my fault because I used to get mad at my mom and say she’s not my mom she’s my auntie. Often I was isolated and emotionless. When I got mad I would be mean to everyone. So life went on, and there was a two-year period when LeAnn started calling, but I never wanted to talk to her. When I was eleven, LeAnn came from Texas to visit me around Christmas time. I was caught by surprise because I hadn’t seen her in years. I was really psyched. The whole week she was out here she never spent time with me, and memories from when I was younger came back. I cried for the longest

time. I truly felt angry towards her. When I was thirteen she started calling again, and every time I thought about what she did to me, I cried. I started messing up in school when I was fifteen. I really didn’t like school; I was smoking, popping pills, and not going home. I hated being in the house and having responsibilities. I wanted to have fun like everyone else. I see now that the kids I hung out with didn’t care about what they were doing. I started to hang out with the wrong crowd and steal. I got caught up with the law by not going to school, and my first offense was assault and battery. I was arrested in Alameda County and was transferred to YGC in San Francisco. I was in serious trouble, but on my court date, I was released home and on probation. I was being good, but got in trouble again. My mom tried to send me to Texas with LeAnn; I missed my court date; and was on the run. After a while, I called my mom and asked to come home. She said yes, and the next morning the police picked me up. I stayed in YGC for at least a month. It was irritating going back and forth to juvenile hall. My mom was always there for me. She was going through a lot between my brother and me, and sometimes couldn’t come to visit. I was interviewed to go to a group home, and released in June for 90 days. At the beginning of my program, I was struggling and got in trouble in the group home, and they sent me to YGC for two weeks. This made me mad. Can you imagine being in juvenile hall for your birthday? I was in YGC for my sixteenth birthday. Being detained gave me time to think. It was disgusting wearing panties that weren’t yours, khaki pants, purple shirts, and sandals. I didn’t like sleeping in a bed that wasn’t mine. I wanted to be at home. You know how they say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone? I sat in my cell, all day every day reading and thinking. I never really knew why I did the stuff I did. After everything I went through, I was tired of people hurting me. I was physically and emotionally disturbed, and it hurt having everyone talk badly about me. I realized my mom really cared. I had love all along and was looking in all the wrong places. I used to take my anger out on my her, but she wasn’t the one who hurt me. I had all these feelings hidden inside—balled up for years, so I finally let it out. I let go of all the hurt and pain inside. Everyone says I have a beautiful smile and, I am now living up to the best of my potential. No one knows the pain behind my laughter. I really regret the way I acted. I hurt my family, and I hurt myself. I remember my baby brother seeing me at YGC asking, “Sister are you coming home?” I cried that whole day. I needed to stop feeling sorry for change, and for myself. I kept telling my mom I’d change over and over again. Now I really have. When I got back to the group home, I came with a new attitude. I

A3 was engaged at school and making family my first priority. I was falling apart at times because of the stuff going on with my family outside of the group home. I had to keep telling myself I shouldn’t stress over stuff I couldn’t control. I had to worry about me. I had to do it for me and get the help I needed. I really value my family, and I don’t mess with the people I use to. I got released from the group home on October 24th, my grades have improved, and my mom and I have a better relationship. I listen and take her advice. Momma knows best. We aren’t perfect but we are damn close. My advice to young women everywhere is to be careful who you choose to hang out with and who you call your friends. Find hobbies or activities that pique your interests. Try new things because you might like it. Try to focus in school, there is nothing more important. Whatever you have to say or do can wait until after school. For my mom, having a baby so young was difficult. You shouldn’t have a baby if you are not ready. I plan on graduating from high school, going to college, being stable with a good paying job, and getting my own house before having a baby. The truth is, the only way to avoid becoming another statistic is to get on the right path.


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Life Experience; It’s No Easy Task From Page A1 students has appeared on numerous buses and bus shelters in the city and therefore travels throughout the city impacting its residents, families and youth. It has also provided youth with visible success and appreciation for their experience and the process of learning. YTEC staff are proud and pleased to be part of this effort, along with the SFUSD and the Department of Children, Youth and their Families, City of San Francisco, in helping youth to develop work related skills while learning about themselves,

their world, and the very important topics they are required to study in order to obtain their high school diplomas. We look forward to many years with the successful partnership and know that the youth will continue to benefit from this realworld, hands-on learning opportunity provided by internships at The Imagine Bus Project. Happy New Year! Call (415) 242 1647 or email YTEC Executive Director, Johnette Pagán at jpagan@ytecsf.org. Please visit us at www.ytecsf.org

New Building and New Dreams Fulfilled From Page A1

The Fault Line By 2011 TIBP STUDENT INTERNS OUR MISSION / The Imagine Bus Project (TIBP) reaches children and youth in underserved communities to provide sustained, positive and creative outlets for personal expression through the visual arts, which empowers our students to explore their potential, develop critical thinking, and build self-esteem. LEADERSHIP ENTERPRISE / TIBP’s Leadership Enterprise program provides adjudicated and atrisk youth with a comprehensive art, design, and technology learning experience that fosters 21st century skills. Weekly classes offer students a project-based curriculum that develops technical skill building, peer collaboration, leadership roles, and community involvement through each semester’s final project. Leadership Enterprise is offered to students that attend the Principals’ Center Collaborative (PCC), in partnership with the Youth Treatment and Education Center (YTEC). THE REAL TIMES / Leadership Enterprise students collaborated over the course of the fall semester to develop the content and design for The Real Times, to coincide with the PCC’s relocation to their new facility in the Inner Sunset District. This project challenged students to participate in critical literacy and life skill building exercises involving reading, writing, editing, research, one-on-one interviews, verbal recitation, and peer-to-peer collaboration. Students received both individual and group support throughout the writing process. The creative process was used to support literacy development through the use of visual research, collage, digital photography, graphic design, and desktop publishing.

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Unique to this model is the opportunity that students have to be placed in an internship site, connected to a mentor that will share real world learning and build 21st century skills. Students at the Big Picture San Francisco High School (currently named the Principals’ Center Collaborative) are excited to soon move into a nice campus that is set in a robust community of small businesses and great eateries. 2012 is here, and we are eager to enter our new campus! Big Picture San Francisco focuses on individual students to develop strong relationships, and utilize these relationships to develop relevant and rigorous learning opportunities for students. We recognize that each student is unique and that they require a customized learning program that fits both their strengths and their gaps. In our school, students present exhibitions of their learning each quarter. They are held accountable by having to demonstrate the work they’ve been required to do, not just pass a single test. They are also performing real tasks at their internships, where a real-life work place mentor is making sure they are doing their tasks correctly, in addition to being held accountable for the responsibilities of being in the workplace (show-

ing up on time, being professional, appropriate dress and language, etc.). Additionally, each student has an individual learning plan that is established at the beginning of a quarter, and represents the work they are held accountable for. The students then must provide evidence that learning has occurred. This has shown to be a much higher standard than sitting in class and just taking a test. What does a ‘C’ in a class really tell you about what a student knows and is able to do? Not as much as having them demonstrate that they’ve acquired knowledge and to show a portfolio of evidence to their teacher, parent, mentor, and peers. It raises the stakes for students and teachers—and makes the learning real. Our Big Picture School provides youth across the city an opportunity to enjoy learning in a small and safe community, to explore options for post-high school work, and to be agents of change in today’s world. Want to know more? Call the school and set an appointment, we are happy to share with you, who we are, and how much we love what we do! Call (415) 242 2520 or email Principal Judith Fernández at fernandezj@sfusd.edu

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS / TIBP wishes to thank the following for their generous support of Leadership Enterprise: Adobe Foundation, Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Fund, Kevin Brooks, Ann Brown, Dr. Ernest Brown, Trey Bundy, Amy Crawford, Reid Dorwin, Judith Fernández, Sandra Legler, Nicholson Family Foundation, Johnette Pagán, the Principals’ Center Collaborative, San Francisco Arts Commission, The Bay Citizen, Ubisoft, Union Bank Foundation, Youth Treatment and Education Center (YTEC), and individual donors.


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