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Now Accepting Youth Submissions for 2013 AYV Aspire Awards

Adobe believes creativity not only makes the world a more beautiful place, but it is also a critical component to addressing some of the most difficult challenges we face as a society.

The global State of Create report Adobe released last year revealed only one in four people believe they’re living up to their own creative potential. In response, we’ve aimed to address this “creativity gap” by further imbedding creativity into our products, communities and schools.

Through Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), Adobe’s global philanthropic commitment, we’re working to ignite creative confidence in youth by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard. In doing so, we can help them become more active and engaged members of their communities and society at large. As an extension of this commitment, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of this year’s AYV Aspire Awards competition.

Now in its second year, AYV Aspire Awards is a global, online challenge that invites youth to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. Participants can convey their ideas using a variety of visual storytelling methods, from videos to photo essays. In addition, a new category for this year – the UNICEF Challenge – invites youth to develop a video proposal for a project they’d like to implement.

The Aspire Awards call for entries is now open, and we’re looking forward to kicking-off online voting for the public in late April.

Last year’s entries showcased remarkable talent. Below are a few of our favorites.

It’s an exciting time for us – please check out our AYV site for more info, and keep an eye out for more AYV-related announcements in the coming weeks.

Hoodforts is a documentary that aims to dispel misconceptions about “hooded” youth in the Mile End area of London.

Hoodforts dispels misconceptions about “hooded” youth in the Mile End area of London.

Cambio Jovenes is an animated video that explores how youth can shape the world around us.

Cambio Jovenes explores how youth can shape the world around us.

Keep Pushing is a music video about the importance of persistence in the face of hardship.

Keep Pushing is about the importance of persistence in the face of hardship.

Karen Cirillo: Supporting Youth Media Education

Karen Cirillo has worked with UNICEF for almost a decade, and for the last six years her primary focus has been on supporting youth media education.

For five years, Karen directed the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, which focuses on programming that takes a deeper dive into children’s issues, and which also encourages young people to get involved with the broadcasting process. “If young people see themselves on air,” says Karen, “they might feel more encouraged to speak out about the issues they are facing.”

Most recently, Karen has focused on producing theoneminutesjr., an initiative with The One Minutes Foundation to train young people on filmmaking techniques, and then coach them through the process of directing and producing a one minute film.

Karen Cirillo

Karen, whose background is in film curation, served as a program director for a film festival in North Carolina before joining UNICEF in 2002. In her spare time, Karen still keeps her feet wet in the world of film, producing Doxita, a traveling festival that highlights short documentaries, and which is typically screened in art spaces such as museums and university centers.

Karen says the best part of her job with UNICEF is the opportunity to meet young people from all over the world. Sometimes the students in Karen’s filmmaking workshops are in their young teens, but already working to help support their families and carving out time for the workshop to follow a new passion for filmmaking. Other students may be young activists in the field of human rights, taking a filmmaking class as one of many stepping stones to college. What all her students have in common is a desire to share their stories across boundaries and borders. Karen’s workshops help her students take storytelling to the next level: graduating from capturing video clips with their cellphones to learning how to operate professional cameras and use advanced filmmaking techniques.

Although producing a traveling film festival and teaching workshops around the globe would be enough to keep anyone busy, Karen is also volunteering her time as a judge in the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards.

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