Media is a powerful tool that can transform the way we perceive a social issue, event or trend. After speaking with our 2014 AYV Awards Winners, it’s obvious that today’s youth are not only aware of global problems, but they’re actively working to address them in their communities. Read on to find out what inspired this year’s Animation winners.
Millions of families around the globe struggle to provide healthy, affordable meals. In Canada alone, nearly 850,000 citizens are assisted by food banks each month – an issue local residents and AYV students Christine Chung & Salwa Majoka feel impacts the entire community.  “While our world provides all the necessities for every being, the current system taints this and pushes certain individuals to chase utter scraps for survival,” say Christine and Salwa. Their video, Hunger’s Core, aims to raise awareness for hunger and poverty and to break the cycle they feel we are all a part of.
Achieving work-life balance is something many people struggle with throughout their careers. In Train of Life, Tess Denham urges you to find that balance so you and those around you can live a life of happiness and meaning.
According to ClearAir.org, if people recycled all of the mobile phones that are retired each year, we could save enough energy to power 18,500 homes for a full year – yet only 14-17% of mobile devices are recycled annually. 
These statistics made AYV students Sesh Sadasivam, Abhishek Krishna, Inavamsi B . Enaganti wonder: Where do all of these discarded phones go? Their video, TechJunk, shows us what happens to e-waste and how it impacts our environment. Watch their video to find out how you can make a difference:
Patrica Cogley is senior program manager, Adobe Youth Voices.