When 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.