What I learned from years of working with low-income, at-risk youth, is that each has a big voice and a lot of ideas that they are eager to share. Because virtually everyone can learn to use a camera, photography is an accessible way for young people to express themselves. This is what made Photovoice such an ideal method to collect data at the Somersworth Youth Safe Haven, an after school program for at-risk youth living in low-income housing. Four middle and high school students from the Safe Haven agreed to share their perspectives on how the community environment impacts their health by photographing aspects of their communities, homes, and schools. Then, the children shared, discussed, and wrote captions for their favorite photographs. The overall objective of the study was to develop a better understanding of the relationship between the environment and nutritional health status of low-income youth by exploring the man-made elements of the environment.
UNH Undergraduate Research Journal
Brigid C. Casellini
Semra A. Aytur
Durham, NH: Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, University of New Hampshire
Garstka, Sarah, "Perceptions of Youth on Health, Nutrition, and Well-Being in their Local Community: The Somersworth Photovoice Project" (2016). Inquiry Journal. 6.