Food for Thought: Constructing Multimodal Identities through RecipeCreation with Homeless Youth

Amanda Hill


This paper considers the practical and theoretical methodologies of the community literacy project, “The Recipe of Me,” conducted with homeless youth in Orlando, Florida. In this project, youth created personal, mediatized narratives in a storytelling residency aimed at examining the role of digital storytelling in fostering confidence, autonomy, and literacy awareness. The project allowed the youth to create narratives as artists, encouraging not only the creation of a work of art but also the formulation of an artistic voice.

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