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March 1, 2010

Video Voice Mapping Delivered to Your Doorstep

Kern County youth serving on Cal Center's Statewide Youth Board on Obesity Prevention (SYBOP) have been developing an innovative way to advocate for change in their community through Video Voice Mapping. They are offering peer trainings throughout the State, free of charge!

Kern County youth serving on Cal Center’s Statewide Youth Board on Obesity Prevention (SYBOP) have been developing an innovative way to advocate for change in their community through Video Voice Mapping. This process involves youth videotaping themselves in places they choose within their community, discussing the strengths of those places, or areas where they identify a need for change.

Similar to Photo Voice, youth answer questions about where the places is, what is happening there, how it affects them, and what they can do about it. The videos are then uploaded onto a “Healthy Cities” map in English and Spanish to help residents, policy makers and others gain a clearer insight into their perspective, and learn how youth can contribute to making healthier policy and environmental changes in their community. Many times, a young person’s point of view will provide unique insight into a place that adults have never seen or have overlooked in the past.

In Kern County this meant exposing a corridor of power lines that had once been used as a dumping ground, but were cleaned up by local youth on their own and turned into a soccer field. Youth used old grocery carts as goals because the school yard across the street was locked and not accessible for young people to play. It meant capturing alleys where youth feared being jumped on their way to school, abandoned homes that harbor drug and alcohol abuse, routes to local stores where families are forced to walk in the street against speeding traffic and parks where condoms, drugs and graffiti are strewn throughout the bathrooms. Young people also highlighted improvements to one of their local schools, and changes they made to a nearby park.

To view our videos, click here!. To visit our sponsor, the California Endowment’s Building Health Communities Initiative website, click here!

Would you like to learn how to create powerful Video Voice Maps, free of charge? Kern County young people are training local peers throughout the State, with support from the California Center.

If your community is interested, contact Jennifer Lopez at (661) 205-3743.

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