The AYV Awards Music Video Winners: Music and Motion for Change

Over the past two months we’ve been honored to share the stories of our 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards winners. We can think of no better way to end our weekly spotlights than by sharing the final category: Music videos. These talented students come from all backgrounds and ages, and prove to us that music and motion have infinite potential. Their conviction and commitment to their beliefs inspire us to expand our horizons and strengthen our individuality. Read on to learn more about these incredible young artists.

1st Prize: Patience
AYV student Yvan Gonzalez is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. In his award-winning video, Patience, he demonstrates how music and film-making helped him overcome the loss of a family member. Despite the challenges that he faced, Yvan continued to stay focused on his education in both the video and in life and successfully receives his high school diploma.

As a recent grad, Yvan dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur in the music and media industry. Keep your eyes and ears open – we won’t be surprised to one day hear his music playing on the radio.

2nd Prize: Let Me Dream

What were your childhood dreams and how did they change as you got older? These five AYV students in London wanted to know – so they documented the stories and dreams of strangers in Canary Wharf, London. Their music video, Let Me Dream, leaves us with a powerful message about the risk and beauty associated with following our dreams, all while clearly depicting the students’ incredible talent and insight.

3rd Prize: Love Mission

92% of LGBT youth say they have heard negative things said about themselves at school, on the Internet, or from their peers, according to a recent study. After witnessing bullying, our students from The Lammas School in London were inspired to dedicate their AYV Awards music video to promoting tolerance with the hope of inspiring others to change their ways.

These ten talented students show us the value of embracing all kinds of love and remind each of us that “we’re on a love mission, we can get through, you can’t leave this life, without being you” through beautiful lyrics sung by 16 year-old Dikembe Cabey-Lee.

View all of this year’s AYV Awards Winners here and find inspiration from our previous interviews with all of the winners in our Photo Essay, Documentary, Poster Campaign, Narrative, Animation, and Poetry categories. What projects were your favorite? Tell us on social using hashtag #AYVAwards.

Patricia Cogley is senior program manager, Adobe Youth Voices.