Organization Name: University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Health Promotion and Policy
Organization Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/community-health-education
Location: The project involves six local, state and national partners, including:
The Care Center in Holyoke
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)
Center for Digital Storytelling
Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston
Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College.
Program Contact Name: Aline Gubrium
Program Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Contact Phone: 413-732-1620 ext. 1220
Project Aims: “Hear Our Stories” aims to transform stigmatizing assumptions about young parenting Latinas through the innovative use of digital storytelling. The ultimate goal of the program is to shift conversations about family making, sexuality, health, and rights across generations.
Project Impact: Between August and October 2013, we conducted 4-day digital storytelling workshops, recruiting 31 young pregnant and parenting women to participate. Criteria for recruitment were that the interested participant be enrolled as a student at The Care Center in Holyoke. All participants produced digital stories.
Our four digital storytelling workshops served as a venue for transforming assumptions about young parenting women and producing novel understandings of teen pregnancy and parenting. In collaboration with participants, we analyzed the problem-oriented and stigmatizing discourse of young motherhood, especially as they relate to structural violence, notions of fit parenting, and youth-directed sexual politics.
Ultimately, we see digital stories as putting a human face on policy. We believe our process gives space to those who are often positioned as passive objects. Workshop participants define relevant issues and create media that potentially influence policy makers and the public alike.
Program Website: http://www.umass.edu/hearourstories/
Description: The "Hear Our Stories" project uses digital storytelling in collaboration with parenting Latinas to reframe conversations on young motherhood, sexuality, health and rights.
“Hear Our Stories” uses new media to amplify young parenting Latinas’ voices in larger public conversations. Existing programs and policies focused on these women fail to use relevant local knowledge and rarely involve them in messaging efforts.