Young people often possess unique and valuable knowledge, creativity, insight and expertise when it comes to thinking about how communities can recover from disaster events. The “Youth Voices Rising: Recovery & Resilience in Wood Buffalo” project recognizes this and aims to strengthen youth engagement and decision-making influence in the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire disaster recovery efforts.
YVR is working with young people and youth-centred organizations through an action research process supported by social media, creative arts and visual storytelling (e.g. participatory video, mobile phone filmmaking, digital storytelling, photo-story development, etc.). The action research focuses on learning from and empowering youth affected by the wildfire disaster. YVR is running the community-wide #youthvoiceswb campaign Sept 29-Oct 27 on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram & Twitter (www.youthvoiceswb.ca).
The RbD Lab team recently facilitated photography workshops with local staff & youth from the Fort McKay Youth Centre and Janvier Sekweha Youth Centre. The #youthvoiceswb campaign is working in partnership with schools and multiple youth-centred organizations. The Youth Voices Rising project is funded by the Canadian Red Cross.
YVR aims to strengthen young people’s capacities and capabilities to engage as citizens in the short and longer term disaster recovery process through a youth-driven social media campaign (#youthvoiceswb) and visual storytelling activities. It also aims to enhance the capacity of existing local community-based, youth-serving organizations in designing and facilitating youth-centred approaches to disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction.