H.Y.P.E. (Homewood Youth-Powered and Engaged) Media: Empower Youth to Change Their Community’s Narrative

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Maia Stephenson

Abstract

This paper will evaluate how disruption impacts community-building and the learning process within the context of black girlhood as I explored how black female students can utilize social media in order to influence their community’s narrative. While I delved into the complexities of black girls utilizing digital literacies in order to cultivate a community system that affirms their place of being in the world, I experienced multiple forms of disruption throughout the research process. Through traditional means of ethnographic research such as conducting interviews, taking note of observations, keeping documentation as well as utilizing teacher-research methodologies through conducting workshops within the program and receiving direct data from the participants themselves, I sought to understand how these young marginalized individuals, in particular, can communicate their thoughts and ideas about their experiences in order to facilitate change.  However, within the context of disruption how my research unfolded presented information concerning the response Black women and girls provide when attempting to maintain their existence while they are faced with constant opposing forces. 


 

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Stephenson, M. (2021). H.Y.P.E. (Homewood Youth-Powered and Engaged) Media: Empower Youth to Change Their Community’s Narrative . Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research , 11, 20-28. Retrieved from https://ujslcbr.org/index.php/ujslcbr/article/view/345
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Reflective Essays