Last week, the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) team held its third international AYV Summit, which brought students and educators from 23 countries together in Santa Clara, California, to celebrate creative thinking and harness their digital media skills for positive social change. The youth who attended the Summit were hand selected from various AYV programs worldwide. To date, AYV has touched about 132,000 students spanning from Africa to North America and India since its inception in 2006.
During the week-long event, students were immersed in a media arts experience, where they collaborated in groups with creative professionals and luminaries, learning digital media skills that will help them express their creativity through digital photography, videography, music and animation. Adobe employees also had the opportunity to mentor these students and take them on a tour of Adobe’s corporate headquarters in San Jose, California. Here are links to the projects the students collaborated on:
We were honored to have Lee Hirsch, a documentary filmmaker, officially open and welcome students and educators to AYV Summit. He’s best known for his 2011 film, Bully, and he is founder of The Bully Project. He encourages people to use empathy and creative expression to drive cultural change.
During the closing ceremony, we had a special appearance by musical artist and actor, Common, representing Common Ground Foundation (CGF), which encourages students to explore their creative talent as a key to unlocking their unique gifts.