In August of 2013, the Coalition piloted a project called PhotoVoice, a qualitative methodology of research that communicates important health messages to policy-makers. This activity put cameras in the hands of creative youth and offered an opportunity to record and reflect upon their community’s strengths and concerns. The coalition’s ultimate objective of this project was to try and increase awareness to the prescription drug misuse in our community. The information gathered throughout this group is used to display the creative voice of the community’s youth and to spread education in an innovative way. Our hope is to incorporate a project like this into the Brockton High School curriculum, in order to raise awareness to students who do not get the chance to take health classes. Our project was based on the topic of prescription drug misuse and abuse in our community, our state and our nation as a whole. Participants gained education around this subject and were given a chance to construct their own perspective through a creative lens. Photographers were asked a series of questions and then captured their best answer through their images. Throughout the meeting times, participants were able to share, reflect and discuss what they had found.
Independence Academy – Brockton MA
IA is a Recovery High School in Brockton MA