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I live in a neighborhood that has a neighborhood association. One thing
we get kids involved in is with the assistance of graffiti clean-up. To
me, the lack of graffiti is the art. I hate seeing those gang related
writings spray painted on clearly visible signs and walls. So do others
in our neighborhood so that's where the kids come in. The clean-up is
not a punishment for guilty parties (they're so hard to catch), but rather
an education for uncorrupted kids who learn to take pride in their
neighborhood. It works great! One day I see some graffiti and the next
day it's gone.
I've heard of other neighborhood associations involving kids in activities
related to the environment such as tree planting and neighborhood park
clean-up. The kids can see every day how their help has become a
meaningful experience and they can take ownership in it.
Univ. of Arizona