Proposal Title

SESSION 3.1: Engaging Rural BC Youth in Community and Arts-Based Participatory Research

Presentation Type

Individual paper

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

3-5-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

3-5-2019 12:15 PM

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Youth who live in rural communities rarely have adequate access to health, social services and programs. Youth are often framed as “at risk” and subsequently programs are created to prevent youth from participating in high-risk behaviours (such as substance use, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, violence, self-injury), which severely limits their ability to fully realize their potential as contributing members of society. Barriers regarding accessing programs and services may include a lack of confidential services, beliefs about effectiveness, or feeling stigmatized, patronized, unwelcome, and unworthy. Opportunities to find solutions to these barriers are not regularly afforded to youth. We report on a study in two British Columbia rural communities on how we are engaging youth using arts-based methods that support their positive development to find solutions and take action to strengthen their lives and improve their community. We will discuss our experiences recruiting youth who are “hard to reach”, the process of youth engagement through arts-based methods, and preliminary findings of issues youth face living in rural communities.

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May 3rd, 10:45 AM May 3rd, 12:15 PM

SESSION 3.1: Engaging Rural BC Youth in Community and Arts-Based Participatory Research

IB 1020

Youth who live in rural communities rarely have adequate access to health, social services and programs. Youth are often framed as “at risk” and subsequently programs are created to prevent youth from participating in high-risk behaviours (such as substance use, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, violence, self-injury), which severely limits their ability to fully realize their potential as contributing members of society. Barriers regarding accessing programs and services may include a lack of confidential services, beliefs about effectiveness, or feeling stigmatized, patronized, unwelcome, and unworthy. Opportunities to find solutions to these barriers are not regularly afforded to youth. We report on a study in two British Columbia rural communities on how we are engaging youth using arts-based methods that support their positive development to find solutions and take action to strengthen their lives and improve their community. We will discuss our experiences recruiting youth who are “hard to reach”, the process of youth engagement through arts-based methods, and preliminary findings of issues youth face living in rural communities.