Where PYD Meets CBPR: A Photovoice Program for Latino Immigrant Youth


  • Elizabeth Andrade Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
  • I. C. Cubilla The George Washington University
  • G. Sojo-Lara The George Washington University
  • S. D. Cleary The George Washington University
  • M. C. Edberg The George Washington University
  • L. K. Simmons The George Washington University




Community engagement in identifying issues of collective concern to address health disparities is an approach that is central to conducting community-based participatory research. It is particularly important for youth to be engaged in dialogue around issues that affect their lives. Participation of this nature is understood, within a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach, to be an element of primary prevention vis a vis health risks. Photovoice has been an increasingly used methodology to enable youth to identify and address issues relevant to their daily experiences. We implemented a six-week Photovoice project guided by a PYD approach with Latino immigrant youth (n=12) from Langley Park, MD. This article describes the experiences of facilitators in implementing the program, testing a new curriculum, and also presents results related to changes in PYD assets among participants. We also offer recommendations for future Photovoice programs with similar populations and aims.






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