HIP-Cuyahoga is working to engage Cuyahoga County youth in several Photovoice projects across the county to gain a better understanding of health and quality of life in various communities. The materials produced as a result of these Photovoice projects will help to inform the development of a community health improvement plan for Cuyahoga County. HIP-Cuyahoga has hired Photovoice expert Meia Jones for this project.
Photovoice is a method of information gathering that allows community residents of all ages to share information about their communities through the use of pictures. As part of the Photovoice process, cameras are provided to residents, who then take photos and tell stories from their unique perspective about life in the community.
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|Youth empowerment and community involvement.Opportunity for youth to advocate for issues that directly impact their lives.
Potential for students to gain community service hours.
Possible linkage of project tasks to existing courses at school (government class, political science, etc).
Acknowledgement of participation in final HIP-Cuyahoga report.
|Opportunity to understand the opinions and perceptions of community youth.
Ability to identify community assets, issues, and concerns.
Acknowledgement of community participation in final HIP-Cuyahoga report.
Display of project outcome in a public place.
Community voice in a countywide project.
|Understanding of youth perceptions and opinions related to their respective communities.
Powerful photographs for use in the community engagement process and final HIP-Cuyahoga report.
Opportunity to identify differences and similarities among youth perceptions of respective communities.