Building on the idea that youth can mobilize to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and media literacy; “The Abby Project” strives to gain feedback from youth on how they view the topic of abstinence and the power of media’s influence on their perspective on the topic.
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health can be a difficult subject to understand and an even more difficult subject to address when trying to understand the hidden messages in the media. The Abby Project doesn’t aim to sway the views of youth being interviewed. The goal is to obtain raw responses that’s typically filtered when received by adults.
The Abby Project utilizes the principles of community-based research using technology and 21st Century skills. Youth participant’s design, conduct, and debriefed peer interviews and then vblog and blog to share their thoughts and address their own questions about adolescent sexual and reproductive health, more specifically the topic of abstinence. The great thing about the blog and vlogs is that not only will followers be able to see the feedback that was received from the youth interviewed in the various communities, but also the different perspectives of the teen interviewer. Subscribers can follow the journey of each vlogger/blogger as they go around specific cities over the course of three months.
It will be interesting to see if the perspective of the blogger changes…
Empowers youth to develop and lead health education initiatives for their peers at school and in their communities.
Youth engagement in research, shared learning and new ideas generated by youth, and building youth capacity for critical social awareness.
Builds confidence by showcasing youth strengths in a field of interest, as well as exposure to technology as blogging and vlogging involves widgets, images, and multimedia.
Feedback helps organize all the background information needed to attract funding, informs the community, and encourage change through self-assessment, access to accurate resources, and the implementation of evidence based programming that supports the results of the project.