Photovoice with Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell,
This project was an after-school
activity of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, in Lowell,
Massachusetts in the Northeast United States. Project goals were to
identify resources and needs of Lowell communities as seen from the
perspectives of adolescent girls from those communities, portray
these resources and needs using photographs and captions, and reach
policymakers and decision-makers with this information.
Incorporated of Greater Lowell
Funder: Association for American University Women
(through a Career Development Grant to Laura Lorenz, the facilitator
"I took photos of my family, my friends, my community, and many other
problems and resources,” said Jennifer Sanchez, a Photovoice
participant and Girls Inc member for six years. “For example, I took
a picture of bagged trash. This is a resource—everyone should bag
their trash instead of polluting the environment. Taking pictures
for Photovoice, I found that there was a lack of caring in my
community and lots of pollution. I found that taking pictures and
showing them to our community could really make a difference.”
A crack in our dance floor...
This is one of the many cracks in our dance floor at the high school. Cracks like this are unsafe and can cause major injuries. Our dance teacher has made numerous complaints to the school about this problem. I hope that including this photo will get the floor fixed and that my dance teacher does not get in trouble, because this was my idea.
– Kerry age-17., Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell
‘Photovoice: A Community Activism Project, 2001 Project, 2001
My family is everything to me...
My family is everything to me. This is a picture of my aunt and my baby sister. My aunt is very special to me because she is very cool and teaches me things about life. She is a role model and she is like another mother. I love my Mom just the same, they are both very cool. My baby is very special to me because she is premature and she is so precious. When I look at her I see myself as being a role mode. She makes me smile when I’m down."
—Jessica, age 14,. Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell ‘Photovoice: A Community Activism Project, 2001
Photovoice: Girls’ Vision Girls’ Voices – A
Community Activism Project for Girls Aged 12-15, developed by Laura
Lorenz, M.Ed. for Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell and Girls
Incorporated Headquarters, New York, New York, with funding from the
Annie E. Casey Foundation