This paper discusses the virtual adaptation of YFYN and modifications made to conduct the Photovoice project imbedded in YFYN, with bilingual Latinx families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: In spring 2021, YFYN was adapted to a virtual modality and sessions were conducted via Google Meet. Participants lived in a low-income Latinx neighborhood in the Southwest. Parent groups were conducted in Spanish and child groups were conducted in English. Parent participants (n=4) identified as Latinx, female, low-income, and had a high school diploma or less. Child participants (n=11) were primarily female and the average age was 9-years-old. Participants were recruited by the school’s two social workers, who were also lead facilitators for YFYN.
For the Photovoice component, families were instructed to take four photos of the strengths and four photos of the challenges in their community using their cell phones to capture photos. After taking their photos, parent participants forwarded them to the lead facilitator. Each family then selected two photos that represented the strengths and two photos that represented the challenges of living in their community. Once selected, the facilitator asked participants to describe their photos using the PHOTO technique (Catalani & Minkler, 2010). From the images selected, the families identified the overarching themes of strengths and challenges through a facilitated group process. Participants then created virtual power point presentations with their photos and narratives to present their findings to each other and stakeholders in their community.
Community challenges identified included dumping of trash in their alleys, unsafe spaces for their children to play, and dirty water flooding the neighborhood for the past nine years. Community strengths included the neighborhood park for the kids, plants and trees for shade during higher temperatures and their local church to gather together.
Conclusions and Implications:
This paper explores the process of adapting a community-based intervention with Latinx families to a virtual modality and conducting an embedded Photovoice component during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lessons learned and practice implications for a virtual intervention with families are discussed. Findings highlight the range of methodological modifications made to accommodate a virtual platform for Photovoice.