In 2018 a group of six youth interns from the Fairview Community in Orange County led a walking audit in their neighborhood to advocate for safety needs. They shared their findings and recommendations with the community and local policymakers. A year later, they participated in a ‘mapping-my-community’ activity, a tool to engage the youth in community planning. In 2021, youth participated in a series of tactical urbanism workshops with Mobycon, a safe mobility firm, to co-develop lower-cost, temporary infrastructure improvements designed to make accessing public spaces safer, healthier, and more inclusive.
The FFORC (Food Fitness Opportunity Research team connected with community members (youth and adults), developed organizational partnerships and built relationships with stakeholders and policymakers to implement safe active transportation and inclusive physical activity that meets the community’s needs and desires.
Community members, partners, stakeholders and elected officials joined the youth for Walk Fairview Day to celebrate the results of the program and raise awareness around the value of community destinations and barriers that prevent walking for people of all ages and abilities.