Between 2008-2010, SM Hawaii provided needs assessment services from the perspective of the youth attending Boys and Girls Clubs on Oahu. We did this through a project entitled Photovoice, a unique community participatory research method used with marginalized populations across the globe.
We created a comprehensive training for youth attending the club houses, including a process for them to take pictures of their clubhouses and share their experiences of what they thought needed improvement or aspects they valued. After photos and information were collected, the process was drafted into a needs assessment report for the Boys and Girls of Hawaii.
The internal project evaluation showed that the youth enjoyed participating in the project and feel a higher level of control by being part of improving the club houses.