• Dec 2011/Jan 2012
  • Vol. 12, No. 9

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Using Video to Engage Youth

A unique project incorporates video to help youth tell their story to caseworkers in monthly visits. Bob Lewis's "Seeing the Voices of Children and Youth" project is a curriculum for caseworkers that provides a framework for using video to engage youth. Six sessions allow youth to be filmed while covering such topics as life before foster care, when I came into care, and what I hope for the future.

The video format has three significant advantages over traditional casework visits:

  • It engages and empowers youth, allowing them to "set the record straight."
  • It helps caseworkers hear the genuine voice of the youth, which may help in the permanency process.
  • It can help the youth heal from trauma and loss.

Information on training and protocol for the video program is available on Lewis's website:


A poignant demonstration of the video is available on Lewis's blog:


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