Creativity takes many forms, but the winners of the Adobe Youth Voices awards prove that its highest purpose is social impact. Through their inspiring digital media creations, these 13-19 year-old students showcase powerful messages, from creative empowerment to embracing diversity. We’ve already heard from the Poster Campaign and Documentary winners, so this week we’re taking a deeper look into this year’s Narrative winners to find out what drives them to create change.
13% of drivers age 18-20 involved in car accidents admitted to texting or talking on their phones at the time of the crash, but 77% of young adults are confident that they can safely text while behind the wheel. After seeing many of their friends tempted to text and drive, Venessa Fuentes and Alicia Carchitorena felt compelled to produce a film that would drive the message home in a new way.
Filmed from the perspective of a teenage girl who lost her life while texting and driving, Vanished clearly shows viewers what a tragic toll this seemingly innocent act can have as she walks through the various facets of what was once her everyday life.
“Everyone has some talent within them,” says Alicia. “You don’t die alone – all your dreams and passions die with you.” Inspired by the Freedom Writers’ message, “What will you leave behind?”, the girls hope their video inspires others to lead long lives of value and meaning.
The splash of paint on canvas, the tapping of heels on the ground, and the hum of a computer as it turns on. It’s all part of the creative process. And yet, says the team behind this film, there isn’t one word to describe that moment and its significance.
Enter “Aspaunity,” a new word created by high school students Josh Gutierrez, Lizbeth Cisneros, Denise Panuco, Jesus Gonzalez and Jonathan Carrasco to describe the creative process. Inspired by the AYV program and its teachings, their film encourages others to express this creativity freely and to catalyze positive change. “There’s much more to it than just creating. The challenge is finding a way to ignite someone else’s passion, spark, inner voice and dreams,” says Josh.
Wondering how to kick-start your creative process? Try watching their film:
In the short film Get a Life, Bianca Toderean and Paul Turean showcase the importance of living life beyond the walls of technology and cell phones. By showing how valuable in-person interactions and friendships can be, these 11th grade students from Romania hope to encourage people across the world to get off their computers, out of their rooms, and into the real world.
Patrica Cogley is senior program manager, Adobe Youth Voices.
 Stop Text Stop Wrecks. (16 July, 2014). Retrieved from http://www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org/#facts.