On Saturday November 19th, USC student groups Build Bridges Los Angeles (BBLA) and Students for Environmental Enterprise (SEE) co-hosted a Community Skillshare. At the event, community members and USC students showcased specific skills and activities, trading knowledge from their respective skill sets.
Throughout the day, families and friends from the local neighborhoods joined students in a celebration of thanksgiving and community with an emphasis on sustainable practices. SEE members gave tours around the garden and showed children how to plant vegetable seedlings in recycled containers. The children departed from the day with ability to identify certain plants and with the knowledge to care for their very own seedling. BBLA also taught a screen-printing workshop, leaving community members with a BBLA T-shirt to remember the occasion.
Neighbors were delighted. While their children hula-hooped, painted, and played with each other and the USC students, scholars and locals met and conversed with one another. Many community members expressed their surprise and delight that an event such as this was even happening. Not enough community programming reached them, they said. They were eager for more skillshares, many finally getting a chance to casually chat with their neighbors and meet the college students that they had seen diligently working away in the garden so regularly.
Sandwiches, fruit, and homemade pumpkin pie topped off the event. After the event, many of the sandwiches assembled were taken to Skid Row and passed out to the homeless. Everyone went home full and happy, expressing their sincere desire that such events would continue to forge relationships between students and locals to create a stronger and more interconnected community.