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NCJ Number: 218251 Find in a Library
Title: Engaging Young Adolescents in Social Action Through Photovoice: The Youth Empowerment Strategies (YES!) Project
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:May 2007  Pages:241-261
Author(s): Nance Wilson; Stefan Dasho; Anna C. Martin; Nina Wallerstein; Caroline C. Wang; Meredith Minkler
Date Published: May 2007
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
Grant Number: R06/CCR921439-01
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the use and effectiveness of Photovoice for engaging early adolescents in critical thinking for social action.
Abstract: The Photovoice approach provides an opportunity for youth to actively engage with their social environment through photography, participate in critical analysis, and take action to respond to the issues or assets they identify as important. The Photovoice process offers a promising prevention approach by affording young adolescents the opportunity to experience participation and self-determination (voice and choice), to learn new skills, and to take action about things that, from their own perspective, affect their health and safety concerns in the community. Photovoice is an approach that incorporates photography with participatory action. This study specifically focuses on the application of Photovoice to an early adolescent population participating in the Youth Empowerment Strategies (YES!) project. The YES! project is an after school empowerment program and research project for underserved early adolescents. YES! is an empowerment intervention that provides early adolescents with opportunities for civic engagement with other youth around issues of shared concern in their schools and neighborhoods. YES! participants were identified as high risk due to attending Title 1 public elementary schools serving low-income communities in West Contra Costa County, CA. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Child development; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Youth development
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