The purpose of V in V is to qualitatively examine immigrant and refugee youths’ perceptions of their food environments, allowing for insight into the challenges faced by their unique ethno-cultural groups with regards to food. This study will use the Photovoice research technique, which allows participants to express their experiences and perspectives through the use of photography. Photographs will then be displayed in a public setting in order to draw attention to issues identified and potentially stimulate action from policy-makers, nutrition educators, settlement workers, and others in the general public.
The opportunity to participate directly in research through the fun aspect of photography will instill value and confidence into youth as their voices are heard throughout the community. Voices in Vision Pilot Project II was implemented during the Spring/Summer of 2013. Lessons learned from both pilot projects will be put into planning towards a larger V in V project which will be implemented soon.