Tuesday, August 9, 2016

West Central seeking teen participants for unique photo project

Clinton, MO- West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (West Central) in Clinton, Missouri is now accepting registrations for teens ages 13-16 years old, to participate in a unique community photo project called “Photo Voice”.

Photo Voice is a social project which was created in England in 1999 by Anna Blackman and Tiffany Fairey. PhotoVoice’s vision is for a world in which no one is denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard. The mission is to build skills within disadvantaged and marginalized communities by utilizing innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methods. These skills enable individuals to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communication, resulting in positive social change. (source-https://photovoice.org/vision-and-mission/)

West Central will facilitate the Photo Voice project in Clinton with registrations accepted now until August 11th. Classes will begin on August 16th. The requirements for participation are teens need to be between the ages of 13-16, attend weekly classes and participate, be income eligible and obtain permission from their parent(s).

All photos will be exhibited and presented to the community upon conclusion of the project. This will enable the community members to get a glimpse of what their community looks like through the eyes of their youth. Those who successfully participate in the project will get to keep their “lens” (tablet with camera).

For more information on the classes, or to register for the project, please contact Tamara Tiffany at 660-885-5508. Registration is required and space is limited.

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency is dedicated to empowering people to make a positive change by coordinating and administering resources. West Central’s service region includes the counties of Cedar, Vernon, Hickory, St. Clair, Bates, Henry, Benton, Morgan, and Cass. West Central Missouri Community Action Agency strives to be the voice in our communities and our governments for those most in need.

Assistance units within the organization include the following: Community Services, Employment and Training, Energy Conservation, Health Services, Housing, and Early Childhood Education (Headstart).