Project 1324 Honored Alongside Former President Jimmy Carter and Bono

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From L to R: Bono, Jenny Stepanek (mother of Mattie JT Stepanek), Jimmy Carter, and Holly Campbell. Photo credit: Shahar Azran

Adobe’s new corporate responsibility initiative, Project 1324, was recently acknowledged by one of its partners, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), with the We are Family Foundation Visionary Award. This award identifies a corporation whose philanthropic efforts have made a meaningful difference, and the Project 1324 initiative was recognized for its commitment to young artists, providing them with the opportunity to use their creativity to make a positive social impact.

Founded in 2001 by GRAMMY award-winning musician Nile Rodgers, WAFF’s mission is to create and support cultural diversity through programs that nurture the ideas of young people who want to make a social impact. At its annual gala in New York, Adobe Project 1324 was honored alongside former President Jimmy Carter and Bono, the lead singer of the iconic and award-winning band U2. Former President Carter received the distinguished Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, honored for his significant contributions to promoting a peaceful society; Bono received the We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, honored for his tremendous efforts and inroads to better the human condition throughout the world.

At the ceremony, Holly Campbell, vice president of corporate responsibility, Adobe, accepted the WAFF Visionary Award and was introduced by Alvaro Ceballos, Adobe Youth Voices alumni and Adobe Creativity Scholar.

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Alvaro came to the United States with his family in 2009 and settled in New York City. Because he didn’t speak English, he had to repeat three years of high school. In his effort to help support his family, he began looking for work by asking his advisor if he knew of any internship opportunities. This led him to Urban Arts Partnership in Manhattan, an Adobe Youth Voices site and now a Youth Coding Initiative partner. There, he learned Adobe software and found his passion for filmmaking. In 2013, Alvaro was awarded an Adobe Creativity Scholarship and is now in his third year at Pratt Institute pursuing a career as filmmaker. He said, “I’d like to thank Adobe for giving me the opportunity to tell my story through my creativity and to inspire others to do the same.”

Holly left the audience with a clear message: “At Adobe, we share a common belief with all of you that the next generation will be the greatest force for positive change in the world. We believe that a camera, a pen, a paintbrush, a device or a keyboard in the hands of a young creative can have far reaching impact.”