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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.

Proudly Announcing the Adobe Foundation Creativity Scholarships

There’s immeasurable power in personal expression.  It’s the reason that, since its inception, Adobe Youth Voices has worked to encourage personal expression and creativity in students around the world and – along the way – empower them with 21st century digital communication skills.

Shantanu, CEO, announces the Adobe Foundation Creativity Scholarships

Shantanu, CEO, announces the Adobe Foundation Creativity Scholarships

Adobe is especially passionate about this mission, not only because creativity is our business, but because we know that outlets for creativity and expression for students aren’t a given.  In fact, according to a new “State of Creativity” benchmark study just released by Adobe, nearly 60% of those surveyed globally feel that creativity is actually being stifled by their education systems.

This statistic has to change.

So today, the Adobe Foundation proudly announced the creation of a $1 million Adobe Foundation Creativity Scholarship initiative, giving select Adobe Youth Voices students the chance to go to college and pursue a creative arts field.  We hope our scholarship recipients will be ambassadors for a more creative culture, finding creative ways to improve their communities, and becoming role models for the next generation of the creative workforce. We plan to announce more details on the scholarship application process later in the year.

Now more than ever, this investment in young people and in creativity is critical.  We’re honored to play a part.

Youth Media: Adobe Youth Voices Celebrates Back to School!

As we enter the new school year, we’re excited to move forward with a plan to put the spotlight on our students work, rolling out a new theme each month and inviting the online community to view, comment on and share these amazing creations.

Month by month, youth-produced films will be posted to the Adobe Youth Voices Youth Media Gallery. We will highlight this content through this blog and via our social networks: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

We invite you to check back often to view newly posted work, artist statements, and updates from our Adobe Youth Voices website, then share what you’ve seen with others!

Congratulations to all of our students, mentors and educators on beginning a new school year. We wish you all the best and we look forward to another year of sharing your work with the world!20Capture

Stacey Long, Adobe Youth Voices

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