Youth Stakeholders in Neighbourhood Revitalization: A Case Example

Christine Ann Walsh, Jennifer Hewson, Micheal Shier, Edwin Morales

Abstract


Most studies describing youth engagement, focus on the positive aspects for youth development and the individual benefits associated with participation in youth engagement activities.  Receiving less attention within the literature is research investigating the benefit of youth engagement for the wider community. This paper describes and analyses the process of developing and implementing a participatory action arts based research project in one community in Calgary, Canada with adolescent youth. Our findings suggest that utilizing a participatory research process for youth engagement can help support a more comprehensive understanding of the significance of youth participation beyond individual measures of youth development. Discussion of challenges and outcomes is provided for replicability of the study design and process in other settings

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youth engagement; participatory action research; community development; social work; Photovoice

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