This guide is the result of lessons learned while conducting a photovoice project with urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth receiving culturally- and community-based services at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). The project was part of a larger collaboration between NAYA, the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), and Portland State University’s Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures. Photos in this document were provided by participants in this photovoice project. Some additional funding was provided by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDRR grant H133B090019).
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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Bandurraga, A., Gowen, L. K., & The Finding Our Way Team. (2013). “I Bloomed Here”: A Guide for Conducting Photovoice with Youth Receiving Culturally- and Community-based Services. Portland, OR: Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University.