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Thursday, June 15 • 16:30 - 18:00
Youth Perspectives - Samantha Postulart, Hariclia Harriet Petrakos, Kristine Andreassen

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Youth Perspectives

Abstract #280
Title: Youth Photovoice in Jane-Finch: Methodological Lessons on Using Resilience to Counter Discourses of Pathology in “At-Risk”? Communities
Samantha Postulart (York University, Canada)
Co-Author: Uzo Anucha
This paper reflects on a photovoice project undertaken in Toronto, Canada with youth from one of the city’s most stigmatized neighbourhoods -Jane-Finch. The project focused on youth understandings of individual and community resilience, and queried how a focus on resilience could counter narratives of pathology attached to “at-risk” communities.
Methods: Youth participants were members of a long-term multidirectional mentorship project called New Opportunities for Innovative Student Engagement (NOISE). NOISE provides engaged learning opportunities to high school students from the Jane-Finch community by bringing them together with undergraduate and graduate social work students. Youth received training on photovoice, were asked to take photos of things in their everyday lives that answered the research questions, and were then interviewed about their favourite photos. Based on the strengths and challenges they identified in their photos, youth participants developed a collective social action project.
Findings: Findings/Implications discuss why resilience research such should aim not only to better understand resilience, but rather to also improve participant resilience through the research process, which we argue can be achieved by fostering multidirectional mentorship relationships between youth and researchers, and supporting youth to take action on research findings.
Abstract #207
Title: A visual-storytelling approach to children’s perceptions of resilience in the context of bullying
 Hariclia Harriet Petrakos (Concordia University, Canada)
Co-Authors: Cassandra Monette, Janet Strike-Schurman, Malene Bodington
This project focused on children’s perceptions and experiences with bullying in school.  
Methods: Ten children with learning difficulties from both a rural and a suburban elementary school (grades 5 and 6) were recruited. Using a form of participatory action research (PAR), these children were interviewed to share their perspectives using the photos they had taken (visual storytelling).
Findings: The children discussed their use of educational resources in the school and named people, places and activities as positive resources. Overall, this research may have provided children and school personnel with a heightened awareness of the children’s personal strengths.
Abstract #107
Title: Voices on how to promote resilience from a youth club in urban Haiti
Kristine Andreassen (University of Tromsø, Norway)
The young participants of this study come from backgrounds of severe poverty standing with obvious risks of harmful, and even lethal exposures of diverse character. The study seeks to investigate the participant’s everyday life and their navigation towards better futures to facilitate context specific advices on how to promote resilience.
Methods: This qualitative study is a Critical Ethnography, leaning on both Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and Participant Observations, including a variety of creative methods to facilitate empowering and the voice of the participants. 7 fieldwork periods, a total of 30 weeks, were conducted between 2012-2017. The time period enabled the observation of some of the youths’ transition into young adults. The materials consists of field notes from these stays, 8 focus groups, 18 semi- structured interviews, numerous YPAR-meetings and a variety of creative products. Creative products are used to communicate the findings outside the academic fields.
Findings: Voicing the local youths on fields of everyday struggles and resiliency has produced a list of advice for youth work seeking context specific positive development. It applies new perspectives to the field of positive youth development, adding to the knowledge of relevant fields of both research and international humanitarian organizations.  


Kristine Andreassen

UiT Arctic University of Norway

Hariclia Harriet Petrakos

Concordia University

Samantha Postulart

York University

Thursday June 15, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 SAST
Room 02 Century City Conference Centre