The Voices of Marginalized Youth Initiative (directed by Greg Pirio, a Research Faculty at S-CAR, in collaboration with Sara Cobb) seeks to understand and engage the voices of marginalized youth in specific project sites in the US and abroad, where narratives that name the concerns and perspectives of youth are not heard by the wider society, or worse, are delegitimized. The absence of a legitimate voice has dire consequences both for the youth themselves, who are confined within narrow and disadvantaged social horizons, and for the wider society, which is deprived the opportunity to know them and to respond more constructively to their needs and desires. This initiative seeks to give voice to voiceless marginalized youth, as a means both of self-empowerment and of building new, more inclusive communities that are capable of generating greater caring and improved policy and other forms of responsiveness to youth. More specifically, the project involves engaging marginalized youth in the development of audio and video programs for TV, radio and the new media that enables them to tell the stories that matter to them from their communities, educating the public about their specific issues, as well as about their cultural and social perspectives within which those issues arise. Dr. Pirio is seeking funding to support this project; CNCR will play an important role in the evaluation of this project, helping to design the framework for documenting and assessing the “voices” that emerge from this project.
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