Photovoice gives youth a say in their community

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By Anqi Shen

A ‘Photovoice’ project has given Hamilton youth an opportunity to capture what’s working for their Hamilton community—and what isn’t.

“Sometimes when that happens, you don’t think of it. And it occurs to you to take a picture,” said Laura Ryan, explaining how the project gives youth a chance to express how they feel about their neighbourhood.

Ryan, a community development worker from the Social Planning & Research Council (SPRC), led 15 youth ages 6 to 12 in this resident-based initiative. Ryan worked with two groups of youth— one from the Immigrant Women’s Centre’s after-school program at Montcalm Community House and one from the Annunciation of Our Lord Catholic School.

The youth went out in groups to take photos of what they view as positive and negative fixtures in their community. After that process, they were asked to reflect on the photos. They pointed out various issues, from accessibility, to environment to safety.

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Article source: The Women’s Press
Image source: Anqi Shen, Alyssa Lai

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