Guinevere Himes completes the 2017 Art of Teen Leadership: Marquette Photovoice Project
The Art of Teen Leadership: Marquette Photovoice Project engaged youth from Marquette in expressing their perspectives on issues that they think are important in the community, using photography and storytelling as a medium to do so.
Guinevere Himes, a 15 year-old from Skandia, Michigan, shared her perspective on important community matters through her participation in the 2017 Art of Teen Leadership: Marquette Photovoice Project. The goal of the project, led by staff from Michigan State University Extension, was to enable youth in the Marquette area to use photography to highlight the aspects of their community that they viewed as strengths and opportunities for change. You can read more about the Marquette Photovoice Project in the “Marquette Photovoice Project lets community see through eyes of youth” news article.
Himes’s collection of photographs for the project focused primarily on the positive presence of nature and agriculture in her community.
“In these photos I was hoping to show viewers what nature can do and is capable of,” said Himes. “All my pictures were taken on my family’s farm and I wanted others to see the beauty of the place we live in.”
Participating in the Marquette Photovoice Project helped Himes learn new photography skills and provided a space where she could discuss her thoughts on what makes her community great, and how it could be better, with other youth.
“I learned about other people’s ideas on a variety of subjects,” said Himes.
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center featured Himes’ photos, along with those of other participants, in an exhibit entitled “Through the Eyes of Our Youth” that was on display November 27 through December 5. Himes wrote captions displayed alongside each of her photos to communicate the message she wanted to share with members of the community through each photo about the positive and potentially negative aspects of her community.
The photographs taken by Himes convey the natural beauty that she experiences in the place where she lives and works with her family, and by extension, illustrates what she hopes others in her community will value as well. She thinks that young people should become active members of their community in order to develop the knowledge and experiences that will be required of them as future community leaders. Her advice for youth who what to make a positive difference in their community: Don’t be afraid to try it and don’t mind other people’s negative thoughts.
To learn about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth leadership, citizenship and service and global and cultural education programs, read the 2016 impact report: “Developing Civically Engaged Leaders.” Additional impact reports, highlighting even more ways MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H positively impacted individuals and communities in 2016, can be downloaded from the MSU Extension website.
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