Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice

The “Hear Our Stories” program uses digital storytelling to work with young parenting Latinas in Holyoke to reveal the ways in which sexual and reproductive health disparities are embodied and discursively negotiated, and ultimately work to reframe public conversations on young motherhood and sexuality, health, and rights across generations. This program uses digital storytelling to offer a participatory action research approach for graduate students, helps young parenting Latinas to develop their capacity as advocate-leaders, and offers a strategic communications perspective on the disparities.

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Program Participation: 

Program identifies community participants.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

May 13, 2013

Partner(s): 

The Care Center
247 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
United States
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
50 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
United States
MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
105 Chauncey Street
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy
UMass Boston
100 Morrisey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
United States
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

Partner Notes: 

I have laid the groundwork for this project over six years of work in Holyoke, MA with the Care Center, which figures as a key project site and partnering organization, along with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College, the UMass Center for Public Policy and Administration, and the Center for Digital Storytelling.

Program Director: 

Aline Gubrium

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Program Contact: 

Risa Silverman

Contact Email: 

UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences/Public Policy & Administration Program
School of Public Health and Health Sciences/Public Health

Student Involvement: 

No

This Project Receives External Funding: 

Yes

Assessment Mechanism: 

Yes