Imagine Greater Tucson

Eleven Finding Voice youth worked with two representatives from Imagine Greater Tucson and Volunteer Southern Arizona to help ensure youths have a voice in an on-going region-wide planning process. In collaboration with IGT, the students created a survey to distribute to family, friends and students at Catalina to find out what they like about this region and what they want to change. They analyzed the data to identify common themes. Throughout this process, the youths wrote and took photographs of things they like and/or want to change within this region. Based on their photographs, data analysis, writing and field trips, the students identified possible community action projects that would help address things they wanted to change. They then chose as their action project to help a community garden (in the Garden District Neighborhood around Catalina High School) that provides produce to a local food bank in the area. In April, the youths also presented and exhibited their photos and writing at a city-wide IGT forum attended by policymakers and other key stakeholders. The students wanted their writing and photographs to be seen “by the people” so we worked with the staff at the Ward VI City Council office and the management company at the Park Place Mall to exhibit the students’ photos and writings in the Mall. We worked with designer, Jeff Speigner, and together created 4 x 6 foot posters that we installed in the middle of the Park Place Mall for the entire summer of 2011.