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A Look Back on AYV Summit 2013

Scholarship-Winners

Adobe Foundation hosted more than 100 students and educators from 23 countries at our third Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Summit. Students were immersed in a five-day media arts experience where they collaborated in groups with creative professionals and luminaries, learning new digital media skills.

This year, we were honored to kick-off the Summit with a keynote by Lee Hirsch, a documentary filmmaker and founder of The Bully Project. Lee stressed the power of creative storytelling and the impact creativity enables, encouraging students to use their passion to create projects that can “change hearts and minds.”

Building on Lee’s message of impactful storytelling, AYV Youth Summit attendees worked together throughout the week to create collaborative media projects on issues most important to them. Each group included youth from around the world, and each brought their exhilarating creativity to produce compelling stories about education, environmental protection efforts, human rights, identity and culture and community development.

The challenge for each group is pretty great: youth had essentially two days to produce a media project on a meaningful topic, while collaborating across as many as four different countries in each group.  The energy of the event was palpable, as youth courageously generated ideas together, discussing and storyboarding how they would approach their projects, and in just one day, bring their ideas to life with Adobe tools.

Below is a look at some of the final youth produced projects. For more, check out the Adobe Youth Voices YouTube Channel

 

 

At the final culminating event, AYV Live!, youth shared their media projects with a live audience.  The night was filled with all sorts of surprises, including an appearance from internationally renowned recording artist and founder of the Common Ground Foundation, “Common.” In a freestyle rap, he talked about the importance of believing in yourself and using your creativity to realize your dreams. The event also featured Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen and its CMO, Ann Lewnes who honored the Creativity Scholarship recipients and Aspire Award Winners.

After an exhilarating week, everyone who participated, including volunteers, learned something new about a different part of the world, tried a new technical skill, challenged themselves creatively, and made connections that made the world a bit smaller.

This Summit represents Adobe’s broader commitment to creativity and to making an impact in the lives of today’s youth by providing them with the skills and confidence needed to succeed. Of course, the challenge is to keep the momentum of the fantastic week going. As one student put it, “The journey doesn’t end here. This is your chance to take leadership in your classrooms and after school programs to push the limits on what your peers thought was possible. Look what success you saw from just three days of work. What can you do in three weeks or three months? Anything and everything! Take charge!”

After watching and interacting with such talented youth and educators, during this year’s AYV Summit, I am inspired by their confidence to continue to connect across borders, and create with meaning and purpose.

 

Bringing My Creative Dreams to Life

AYV-Blog-Image-11When I first became involved with the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program three years ago, I did not know what I wanted for my future.  I never imagined that my involvement in the AYV program would help me to not only discover my goals, but inspire me to take the steps needed to achieve them.   Through AYV, I was introduced to filmmaking and discovered my passion for it. I discovered the power of film and how I can use it to express my voice and share my ideas with my community.

I was beyond honored in June when my film “Beautiful Words” was selected as the first place winner in the poetry category for the 2013 AYV Aspire Awards. I created my film with the intent of spreading a message to my community struggling with self-esteem issues, and you how you can build confidence through art, writing and other creative outlets.  AYV has provided me with a platform to share my message and build my own confidence while encouraging others to do the same.

This summer, I was selected to be one of 25 students from around the world to receive a Creativity Scholarship. The Creativity Scholarship is providing me the financial support to pursue my dreams and make a positive impact through my films. This fall, I plan to continue my education at Cal State East Bay pursuing a degree in Sociology and Film Production, while looking for a permanent film school.

Three years ago, my vision for my life was a mess. Since becoming involved with the AYV program in 2010, I’ve discovered new skills, a strong passion and my own unique voice. Receiving a Creativity Scholarship has allowed me to take the steps needed to turn my vision of becoming a filmmaker into reality and to someday share my voice with people all around the world.

Eva Miller is a 2013 Aspire Awards winner and recipient of the Creativity Scholarship.

 

Adobe Foundation Offers Creativity Scholarships

2013_AYV LogoLast year, Adobe’s State of Create  global benchmark study revealed the existence of a major ‘creativity gap’ in five of the world’s largest economies. The research showed us that four in 10 people believed that they did not have access to the tools needed to support creativity in the classroom.

In response to this study, we felt compelled to address this creativity gap by designating more than $1 million to the Adobe Foundation’s Creativity Scholarships for youth. The Creativity Scholarships program was developed to support the next generation of creative thinkers and equip them with resources to apply creative confidence to advance their education in creative fields.

The scholarships provide financial support to high school seniors and students in their first year of post-secondary education who have participated in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program and will be attending or continuing an accredited post-secondary degree or certificate program. This scholarship reinforces Adobe’s commitment to igniting creative confidence in youth and enables AYV participants to launch creative careers and find innovative ways to improve their communities through creative problem solving and expression.

At Adobe, we believe everyone is born with innate creativity and the Creativity Scholarships are designed to support this belief. The power of creativity is real, and unlocking the creative potential in students can lead to real change in communities around the world.

Please check out our AYV site for more info and be sure to keep an eye out for more Creativity Scholarship announcements in the coming weeks.

To apply, submit your application to www.adobescholarship.com by March 31, 2013. Full details can be found here.

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