Teens Express "PhotoVoice"

by Press Release | May 27, 2006
Teens Express The photographs resulting from a teen project, co-sponsored by the Burlington County Health Department, at Pemberton Township High School to enhance communication about the health of their community will be displayed Wednesday, June 7th.

Called “Through Our Eyes: Portraits of a Community,” 10 high school students were given cameras earlier this year to express their “Photovoice” on issues that are important to them. The photographs will be displayed at Burlington County College’s Parker Center in Pemberton from 9am to 8:30pm, with a reception at 6:30pm. “Like the saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words,’ the teens learned how to express their feelings in a creative way and gained a public voice,” said Freeholder Dawn Marie Addiego. “This is one more way to further our goals for healthy, happy adolescents.”

The pilot project was coordinated by Burlington County’s Community Partnership for Healthy Adolescents and Drenk Behavioral Health Center’s Youth Services Program in association with the Center for The Arts in Morganville. Funding comes from the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services’ Child and Adolescent Health Program. The Burlington County students participated in the Photovoice project along with two other groups from Bergen County. The students were trained prior to going out into the community with their cameras.

The photographs also will be displayed at the Pemberton Township Library beginning in October, and on Oct. 19th and 20th at the Piscataway campus of Rutgers University as part of a national conference. For more information, contact Elfrieda Francis, coordinator for the Community Partnership for Healthy Adolescents, at (609) 265-5290 or efrancis@co.burlington.nj.us.

For the Pemberton Township High School coordinator, contact Jennifer Baughman-Rodier, director of School Based Youth Services Programs, at (609) 893-8141 x 2918.

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