Hidden Nobodies: Female youth in care participate in an arts-based trauma informed empowerment intervention program

Levy, Leanne
April 2012
Relational Child & Youth Care Practice;Spring2012, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
Hidden In Plain View, a documentary film-based curriculum, and Inside Nobody Girl, a picture book, are media productions generated from two different strengths-based arts-based intervention programs conducted with adolescent females serving Youth Protection and Youth Criminal Justice Act placement orders in an all-female secure residential facility in the province of Quebec. Designed by a visiting volunteer practitioner, researcher and filmmaker, in collaboration with the girls' educateur, the unit program manager, and the young women from the unit, the goal of these empowerment programs is to facilitate teenage girls in difficult circumstances to access and articulate their voice through writing, photography, video, and art with the intent to gain greater self-awareness, resolve inner conflict, and affect healthy change. In the spirit of belonging and generosity, a non-judgmental safe space sisterhood was created by and amongst the group. Throughout this project the young women demonstrated great insight into their own situations, they recognized their power as agents of change, they facilitated their healing process, they built self-esteem, and they emphasized the importance of teens helping teens. This article shares their stories with you towards personal, social, and systematic change.


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