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Social work with youth, Young adults -- Social conditions, Social work -- Youth participation


Photovoice (PV) is a way to get young people engaged in their communities and be featured as “experts on their own lives” (Wang, et al., 2004). The process involves giving youth cameras they can use to document the realities of their day-to-day experiences and highlight the strengths and challenges within their communities. The photographs they take and the stories that emerge from small group discussions around the pictures are used to engage in important discussions with policymakers, community leaders, and power brokers within the community in order to promote positive change.

In this guide we have provided helpful strategies based on lessons learned from the youth who participated in our photovoice project as well as from knowledge we gained from the day-to-day experience of implementing a photovoice project.


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A product of the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work, Portland State University.

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