The Neighborhood Walk is titled,” A Neighborhood Walk with Mayor Barrett: Documenting Community Assets and Liabilities Though PhotoVoice.” It will take place in an area depicted on the map below.
A project of Safe & Sound’s Drug Free Communities initiative, the PhotoVoice project brings together youth from Neighborhood House and Hmong American Friendship Association who have partnered in the PhotoVoice Project. This is an element of Safe & Sound’s strategy for the neighborhood building and youth development. Together the youth have learned about the characteristics of neighborhood assets that make them safe and those that are liabilities making the area unsafe. Each youth photographed both assets and liabilities, and their photographs are featured in the project.
One of the participants Lue Vue said, “I learned that helping the community also helps myself for living.” He will participate in the walk and will be available to talk about the impact of the project on the neighborhood as well as on his peers.
The Neighborhood Walk will feature four stops on the walk where youth and adult residents will join Safe & Sound staff in describing properties and spaces photographed by the youth and the Safe & Sound strategies to improve them.
Barbara Notestein, Executive Director of Safe & Sound, points to the PhotoVoice project as a first step in Safe & Sound’s our strategy to support youth in learning about their neighborhoods and taking action to change them. “Milwaukee’s youth have a tremendous capacity to provide leadership in changing our City. They need to feel valued.
For more information on Safe & Sound, see the attached brochure and visit www.safesound.org