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Photos - Through Our Own EyesThrough Our Own Eyes: Using Photovoice to Envision a City Without Sexual and Dating Violence.
Through Our Own Eyes: Using Photovoice to Envision a City Without Sexual and Dating Violence is a participatory approach to engaging youth in identifying the social norms and environmental conditions in their everyday lives that contribute to teen dating and sexual violence. The participants are given the training and tools to look for solutions and envision a world where those conditions and norms no longer exist.
The goals of the Photovoice project are:
Photovoice WorkshopsThe Youth Action Council (YAC) underwent five months of comprehensive training to learn participatory action research (PAR) methods so that they could examine the issue of sexual and dating violence with their peers. In May 2009, these youth leaders conducted a three-day workshop with 31 youth participants, to explore:
Photovoice participants represented youth-serving community-based organizations throughout the city:
Las Jovenes (of Voces Latinas)
Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition
South Bronx Job Corps
Analysis & ActionThe YAC leaders worked together to analyze the findings from the peer workshops. They looked for major themes that emerged from the facilitated discussions and and then selected photographs and vignettes that best exemplified the findings.
With an emphasis on action, YAC leaders explored ways in which to implement the prevention strategies developed at the workshop. .
Exhibition & DisseminationThe final phase of the Photovoice project allows the YAC leaders and youth participants to share their findings, their photographs and their visions for a world free from sexual and dating violence.
Throughout Spring 2010, their work will be displayed in several photo exhibits, where youth, youth serving organizations, policymakers, and the public are invited to view. By sharing the fruits of their PAR training -- the photos, narratives and prevention action plans - the youth participants are disseminating the knowledge they gained and helping to advance their experience from research to action.
Click here to view upcoming Photovoice exhibit details.