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Abstract

Today's youth are faced with a number of different "roadblocks" on their way to becoming successful adults. Navigating adolescence is often difficult in its own right, but many youths have to deal with issues such as, poverty, unsafe neighborhoods and schools, drug/alcohol addiction, and disjointed homes to name a few. Although not all youth are faced with the same obstacles, these abovementioned obstacles can detract youth from becoming socially productive. Using Photovoice, a process by which participants identify, represent and enhance their community using a specific photographic technique, this study connected Belizean youth to their community through the process of identifying and taking photos of community strengths and weaknesses. After completing shared data analysis, the photos and a description of the meanings behind the photos were presented to a number of dignitaries in the community. The main themes presented were Responsibility and Support. This presentation gave youths voice in their community and allowed them to discuss strategies on how to increase community strengths as a way to reduce community weaknesses. Upon completion of the presentation, the dignitaries answered questions posed by the youth and offered collaborative strategies on how to promote social change.

Keywords

Photovoice, Empowerment, Youth

Author Bio(s)

Daniel Chase is an Assistant Professor in the Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies department at Bridgewater State University. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: daniel.chase@bridgew.edu.

Publication Date

1-21-2017

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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