–by Shaylin Warren
I’m not lazy. I’m not entitled. I’m not on my phone all day. I’m not a binge drinker or a drug addict. I’m one of the many friendly young people in Sooke.
I’m asking youth (12-26) to share their stories with the community so that together we can disprove these negative stereotypes and set the record straight. By participating in a research project called PhotoVoice, youth will have the opportunity to capture aspects of their environment and experiences through photography. In turn, photographers will gain their voice, connect with others in the community and advocate for change.
Why should you participate?
- Challenge commonly held assumptions about youth
- Provide insight on what it is like to be a youth in Sooke
- Raise awareness surrounding the issues youth face
- Expose invisible barriers preventing community integration
- Promote social change
- Advocate for yourself
How do you participate?
Step 1. Attend our free photography workshop at Ed Macgregor Park on July 18th from 5-7pm. You will learn advanced photography techniques from professional photographer, Ebony Logins and meet new friendly faces. Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or email me directly. Don’t forget to bring a photography device (camera or phone).
Step 2. On your own or with friends, capture what your day-to-day life looks like in Sooke. Add captions to help the community clearly understand your message.
Step 3. Upload your photos and captions onto our Youth Only Facebook Group. If you prefer to remain anonymous or don’t have Facebook, send them to me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Here, us young people can discuss the important themes displayed in the photographs, find commonalities and explore concerns. The deadline to submit photos is Monday, July 30th at midnight.
Step 4. Finally, pictures and captions will be printed for our display at the Sooke Music & Art Festival on August 4th! The display will promote dialogue among the community that leads to an improved understanding of youth’s concerns and day-to-day lives.
Youth Engagement Program Coordinator