The BARS Project provides a unique new way for minority youth impacted by the juvenile justice system to participate in public life, using media (digital storytelling) to elevate, disseminate, and discuss their lived experiences. Youth, already part of the public narrative of criminal justice, are frequently identified as the source of problems, rather than as part of the solution. We will broaden the role of minority youth in our communities by centering their digital stories in a public humanities-informed dialogue on juvenile justice occurring in multiple formats – a youth-led “Town Hall Remix” public screening and forum, on radio, in news articles, and online through blog posts, websites and social media.
Two Story Listening and Sharing Sessions will engage more youth with the digital stories and in sharing their own experiences in a creative writing process and a humanities-based discussion of the philosophical issues raised. Storytelling raises awareness, increases empathy, reduces stigma, and educates community members. New insights from the fields of philosophy, ethics and juvenile justice will deepen understanding of the stories, expand on ideas of justice, and contribute to dialogue that strengthens community relationships.
Engaging local young people who have been impacted by the juvenile justice system in speaking out about their experiences through humanities -informed and youth-led dialgogues.
Educating the public about the issues young people in our community are facing