Photo Voice Brings Local Middle Schoolers Opportunity to Start Change

4 years 4 months 5 days ago October 22, 2012 Oct 22, 2012 Monday, October 22 2012 Monday, October 22, 2012 9:06:00 PM CDT in News
By: Nicole Krasavage
loading

BOONVILLE - Boonville's first Photo Voice class is in its fifth week. The class kicked off on October 22 at Laura Speed Elliot Middle School. This is the first time the Central Missouri Community Action's (CMCA) class has been brought to a rural area.

Photo Voice is an international project that uses photography to enact social change in the community. This is an opportunity that is typically only offered to high school students, but CMCA wanted to give middle schoolers a voice.

"There's a lot of stuff for elementary kids and high school kids, but this gap exists in 6th, 7th and 8th grade," Boonville's Photo Voice teacher Evan Melkersman said. "You can get them now when they are making that transition, and you can teach them how to advocate for positive change in the community."

The Photo Voice class will meet once a week for seven weeks. School counselor Missy Walker hand selected nine students to be the first to participate in the Boonville class. Each of the students were given a digital camera to use for the class to complete their assignments. Each week, the students will discuss a different poverty-related issue in class, such as basic needs and lifelong learning. Their homework is to bring back five to ten photos that best represent the theme they are discussing. A Community Services Block Grant funds the program.

"It's definitely a community effort, and I want to get as much community involvement as I can with this," Melkersman said. "CMCA wanted to get the ball rolling with this project, but once it's planted in the community, we want it to be the community's child basically, and they raise it up to something even greater."

Melkersman said he is very excited and optimistic about the nine students participating in Boonville's Photo Voice class.

"This is in their hands," Melkersman said. "This is their project. They have the power now to drastically change the community for the better. The more they take that seriously, the better they will do in the program."

Boone County held its first Photo Voice class last spring, and students were able to present their photos to the Columbia City Council. The program has received a lot of positive feedback from the community, and CMCA plans to hold its second Photo Voice class after the start of the new year.

"It all starts with the kids," Melkersman said. "If you can get them into a positive frame of mind, if you can empower them with a voice that they can actually go out and change something in their community, that's pretty powerful. Then to put a camera in their hands- you have the perfect recipe for some positive change."

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY- Republican lawmakers continue at odds over the Real ID Act . One side of the argument seeks to... More >>
3 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:30:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - As President Donald Trump prepares an alternate version of a temporary travel ban on refugees and members of... More >>
9 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Planned Parenthood opponents are planning a month of protests after a march that drew between 50 and 100... More >>
9 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:57:00 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to neglect after authorities say she left her 2-year-old boy... More >>
9 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:30:30 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- Local dog boarding facilities are amping up their luxury of care for your pet. Several big city boarding... More >>
15 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:23:11 AM CST in News
HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a suspect in connection with a weekend shooting death south of... More >>
17 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:37:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Residents of older homes in Columbia could be eligible for free water testing for lead. The My... More >>
18 hours ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 Sunday, February 26, 2017 8:58:00 AM CST in News
LACLEDE COUNTY — A man accused of assaulting and sexually abusing his 5-month-old daughter nearly eight years ago finally has... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — United Airlines flight schedules posted to its website Saturday night showed two new flights out of Columbia Regional... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:48:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced Saturday that his local office space will be relocated from its current... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:11:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — This weekend Missourians came together to give the Loos family a home makeover. Rhyan Loos, 7, was... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — There is a significant "values gap" between employers and the millennials who work for them, according to a... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:05:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Boone County experienced at least a dozen fires Feb. 18, a number that did not surprise fire officials.... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 5:00:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY — People from all over mid-Missouri gathered at the Miller Performing Arts Center Saturday to listen to local... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:00:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY — A crash involving an anhydrous ammonia trailer killed one person in Jefferson City Saturday morning. According... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:44:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Representatives from two East Campus housing associations spoke at the Unified Development Code public forum Saturday and found... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:36:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Hundreds of mid-Missourians attended the 6th Annual Fitness for a Cure event Saturday, an event that benefitted the... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:01:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A woman has been accused of stabbing a worker at a General Motors plant near St.... More >>
1 day ago February 25, 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:27:08 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 35°
3am 34°
4am 33°
5am 33°
6am 34°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:03a
Meet the Press
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
Taken
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld