Yesterday two co-workers told me about a cool innovative idea they thought I would be interested in. The project was called Photo Voice and essentially the idea was using technology and camera’s to engage youth in creating, building, and reflecting on community. After a quick google search I found out that Seattles urbanIMPACT was responsible for this project. http://www.urbanimpactseattle.org
Here are the steps of their program:
STEP 1: We ask students to explore 2 questions:
What do they like about their comunity?
What do they dislike about their community?
STEP 2: Students brainstorm over the buildings, people, and objects around their neighborhood and see what emotions they experience from them.
STEP 3: Students are given a disposal camera and take pictures of their neighborhood.
STEP 4: Students choose three photos and with the help of mentors, write an essay expressing their views about the community.
STEP 5: Essays will be compiled and given to civic leaders as the voice and vision of today’s generation.
STEP 6: Photos will be displayed at a gallery and pictures can be purchased with proceeds supporting next year’s Photo Voice.
I would definitely love to do this project sometime in the coming year. I would like to gather the resources, reach out to the right people to make this happen.