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Boys & Girls Club youth complete community safety project

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest member Meleah explains her project to Barry Keppard, public health manager for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. (Photo/submitted)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest member Meleah explains her project to Barry Keppard, public health manager for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Twenty-three youth aged 12-17 worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest on a community safety project and presented it Sept. 19 at the club headquarters in Marlborough.

The project, “Photovoice,” is a participatory action research method by which people can identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique. The intention of the project is to provide a process to empower the youth of Metrowest to voice their stories to the people that make decisions over their daily lives.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health awarded five Middlesex communities, Lowell, Malden, and a Metrowest collaborative (Framingham, Hudson, and Marlborough) funding to conduct this community safety Photovoice project this summer as part of the Middlesex Community Transformation Grant, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant aimed at tackling the root causes of chronic illness.

The youth shared the results of this community safety project and explored ideas to working together to help improve safety in these three communities.

For more information, contact Erin Harper, manager of development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest, at 508-485-4912 or by email at erin.harper@bgcmetrowest.org.

 

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