CMCA project to use photography as tool to empower area youth

An international project designed to let young people voice their advocacy for community improvement is coming to Callaway.

Central Missouri Community Action is sponsoring the PhotoVoice program for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students in Callaway and Audrain counties. The program allows students to create a photography portfolio of issues related to community betterment and then discuss them in a number of topical courses.

Callaway Community Organizer Tad Dobyns said that CMCA had sponsored PhotoVoice projects elsewhere in its eight-county region, but this was the first year that Callaway had been involved. He said he is pulling from South Callaway Middle School and the Missouri School for the Deaf to give the project an “aspect of city and rural.”

“This as a tool reaching out and engaging the youth,” said Dobyns. “The whole program is to let them know their opinion does matter and the picture speaks a thousand words; it can capture a lot of things because as adults what we see is a lot of times different than what they see.”

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