Using qualitative methodology, this talk examines the process of engaging eight racially and socioeconomically diverse adolescents—from the inner city and suburbs of Detroit—in a participatory action research project documenting how segregation impacted their lives. The talk describes how participation in a year-long Photovoice project successfully raised consciousness, fostered collective  action, and sustained youth community engagement. These outcomes are consistent with theoretical frameworks that suggest that learning about racial injustice and gaining skills for cross-cultural  collaboration are central to youth participation in community leadership. This case study illustrates how an intergroup empowerment framework can facilitate youth civic engagement among adolescents from diverse backgrounds. Limitations of the study and implications for applying this framework to community practice with Latinx community are discussed.


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