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Panama City Youth to take PhotoVoice Exhibit to State Capitol in Support of Increased Funding for Post-Hurricane Michael Relief

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Contact: Michael Givens
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WHAT: PhotoVoice exhibit, Coming of Age in the Eye of Michael, visually illustrating the lived experiences of more than a dozen youth experiencing housing insecurity in the wake of 2018’s Hurricane Michael; the youth are advocating specifically in support of SB502: Emergency Mitigation and Response, a bill currently before the Florida Legislature that, if passed, would create a Hurricane Michael Recovery Task Force to assess and make recommendations for financial relief efforts, especially affordable housing, for the communities most impacted by the storm.

WHO: Five Panama City students and their principal from Rosenwald High School

WHEN: Tuesday, January 28, 2020; 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Senate Chamber Rotunda, Second Floor

WHY: The PhotoVoice exhibit at the Florida capitol building will be the culmination of many conversations youth have had with community members around the need for financial resources in the wake of the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the southeast since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Pop-up exhibits will be held throughout the state featuring the students’ photographs, which draw attention to the problem of housing displacement after the storm. The project is a joint collaboration between the LEAD Coalition of Bay County, Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Follow news about the exhibit online at #lifeaftermichael.

Youth and adults involved in the project are available for interviews.