Welcome! We are the Yes Loitering project, a team of six teenagers ages 15-18 from the South Bronx, working with artist and designer Chat Travieso to research the issue of youth and public space. Over the course of 4 months in 2017, we investigated the ways teens are targeted in public spaces and developed ideas on how to create more youth-powered spaces that are safe and welcoming to teens. We did this through group discussions, interviews with experts in youth development, public space design, and the criminal justice system, observations of existing places where youth frequent, and conversations, surveys, and workshops with our friends and other teens.
The Yes Loitering Project consists of Youth Researchers Monserrat Ambrosio, Natalia Baez, Omar Campos, Giselle Rivas, Joe Nicholas Ureña, and Mario Ynfante, and Project Lead Chat Travieso. Yes Loitering was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature with fiscal sponsorship from the Architectural League of New York. WHEDco, a community development organization that serves over 1,000 young people in the South Bronx through its youth development programs, was the community partner on the project.