live / 2015

Making for Good: Empowering Girls to Improve Air Quality in Their Community

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by DIY Girls

‘Making for Good’ is a DIY Girls initiative that implements the design thinking process to empower girls to identify and prototype solutions to issues encountered in their communities. We will expand our ‘Making for Good’ project to investigate air quality using open-source technology and propose solutions for a Los Angeles with clean air by 2050. This project enables girls and others to become advocates for the change they want to see in their communities.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • San Fernando Valley
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD
  • Pacoima, San Fernando, Panorama City

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

We will gather data using pre and post surveys and interviews. The pre and post assessments include information about the girls in our programs and workshop participants’ experience and measure knowledge of air quality issues in their communities. Data will be analyzed at the end of each program cycle.

Our evaluation instruments will be designed to measure our objectives:

1) Girls will demonstrate understanding of technical concepts and skills related to the project

2) Girls will share findings and propose solutions

3) Community members will commit to take at least one action to improve air quality as a result of attending workshops

We will also track specific actions taken to improve air quality based on the environmental data that is collected and shared. We want to know if these actions made a difference in the community such as increasing public awareness, identifying causes of poor air quality, and reducing health problems related to not having clean air.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support