Berkeley Youth Institute

Brought to you by the YMCA of the Central Bay Area.

My Hood - Year 2

Lucy Wald

"For this project I really wanted to show how moving has been a huge part of my life. I never felt like I had a home because I was constantly moving. I used moving boxes to represent that. Sometimes I would move and wouldn't unpack the things I was going to need because I knew I was just going to move again. I've gotten really good at packing up my room, I've also gotten really good at getting used to change."

Makeda Tucker & Jasmine Miller

"The song “World Crisis”, by Queen M.A.K and JazzyMon, is about how the world is in our perspective. We basically want the world to change in many different ways. When we sing we’re letting people know what we'd like to see change. It ’s  t i m e t o s e e a b r i g h t e r d a y . A d a y w i t h n o f i g h t i n g ... Hopefully this song gives people a mindset of what the world can really be like."

Yessenia Sanchez

"My neighborhood is my household. I socialize there. I fight there. It's where I grew up. These photos are important because they represent the circumstances that I am put under every day. Having a single mother has been hard for me because there is no other option for me but to keep the things my mom forgets to do consistent. Otherwise, I would be living in a broken home. I think the fact that my family makes so much out of nothing makes me feel rich when it comes to valuing things. My home is where I decide wether I give up or get up because there are no second chances."

Lulani Sudjian-Lampkin


Maya Brooks

"The reason why I decided to do a podcast for this project is because I feel like an audio piece shows emotion. I think everyone has a certain emotion connected to their neighborhood whether it be negative or positive. I interviewed two of my friends who live in the same neighborhood as each other. What are their opinions about their neighborhood? Our neighborhood has a large impact on us, and I know that when you live around violence it can affect you. I asked my friends what’s wrong with their neighborhood and they had a lot to say, but when it came to a solution there weren’t that many answers." 

Patricia Adaya

"What is a “hood”? I once was asked what my hood was and I immediately thought of home. Your hood, your home, your city--­­they’re all the same thing. My hood is Berkeley. I have lived in a couple other places before­­--San Francisco and the Philippines--but they never quite felt the same. Berkeley is where I was raised. It is where my family is and where all my memories are. Moving to America from a different country, I didn’t really know where I belonged, that is, until I came here. Berkeley is diverse, full of life and color, welcoming, and overall, special. It never leaves you, and I know that wherever I go or who I become, it will always be a big part of me." 

Sir James Robinson