chapter  11
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Through the viewfinder: using multimedia techniques to engage Latino youth in community planning

ByDebra Flanders Cushing, Emily Wexler Love, Willem van Vliet

In 2009, 22 percent of children under the age of 18 in the United States were Latino, and this number is expected to grow to 29 percent by 2025.1 Yet, very little research examines how and why immigrant youth engage in their communities and participate in efforts to create more positive and inclusive places. Since research has shown that community engagement looks different for various ethnic groups, both in concept and practice,2 community engagement planning projects need to accommodate cultural differences in our rapidly changing society. To create a more inclusive planning profession that represents the diversity of the United States population, it is necessary to educate and involve Latino youth in community planning and give them tools to effect progressive community change.