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AYV Student Oscar Candelas Honored at United Nations Youth Video Festival

“When you watch the news, there is always a story on people trying to cross borders into the U.S., and with this crossing,” says AYV student Oscar Candelas, “comes huge consequences.” In considering ideas for his school media project, “it came to mind that I actually knew a few people who have struggled to come to the U.S. for a better life.” The story that Oscar eventually told with his documentary film, Transversing Walls, won him the PLURAL+ partner Global Block Foundation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration. Full Story
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AYV Chicago Student Journalists At The 2014 Chicago International Film Festival

This year, in an effort to expand the AYV experience beyond the classroom, we formed our first-ever partnership with the education team at the Chicago International Film Festival, headed up by the wonderful Rebecca Fons. Through this new partnership we were able to provide 4 students with press passes to see 2 films of their choice, review them and also document their festival experience with photos and video. Full Story
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Youth Embrace New Ways to Collaborate Through Mobile Apps

Creative collaboration can happen across a desk or across the ocean, in real time or asynchronously. Adobe Youth Voices celebrates the “urge to collaborate” felt by so many of the youth and educators making media around the world. Last year a diverse team of youth artists from eight different schools in three countries (US, Canada, and England) worked together to create The Question is…, a stunning video animation. The production process was made a little easier by the Adobe's new mobile app known as Premiere Clip (originally called Hammersmith). Read about how it all started. Full Story
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AYV Youth Rebecca Dharmapalan Launches a Campaign for Change

"Making International Boulevard was like lighting a candle in a dark room, a very dark room," says Rebecca Dharmapalan, a youth media artist who won 2nd place for the 2014 AYV Awards for her documentary on sex trafficking in Oakland. "Although it shone a light on a serious epidemic, a candle was not sufficient to end a plague. This is why direct action prevention is important, and this is why I work as a commissioner for the City of Oakland. The youth in Oakland have a voice, and this is the time to be heard." Full Story
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“Dreams and Energy” Lead to Scholarship for AYV Alumna Tini from Vietnam

Youth filmmaker Tini participated in AYV through the AIDS charity, The Smile Group, in Vietnam. In a recent interview she tells us what it means to have won a scholarship to study filmmaking at RMIT: "I wrote a letter about myself to let them know that I am strong, I have dreams and energy, I have a special personality and believe that I can be successful at university if I receive scholarship." Full Story
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High Tech Youth in New Zealand Earn Support for Their Creative Enterprise

“A few of the things that we do really well is tutu, imagine, and tell stories,” says Kane Milne, Director of Learning for the High Tech Youth Network based in Auckland, New Zealand. ("Tutu" is a Maori word for "play" or explore.) An early program partner with Adobe Youth Voices, High Tech Youth Network is now celebrating a new investment from the Adobe Foundation and gaining more recognition for their work. Back in 2007 they began their AYV journey with software and some training – and the behest to make media with young people. Full Story
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AYV Award-winning London Youth Artists Say “Let Me Dream”

Let Me Dream, created by youth artists Sebastian Tuma, Tsote Valashiya, Shriyansi Khanal, Immanuel Yeboah, and Daniel Mandache, was awarded Second Prize for Music Video in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards. Shriyansi talked about the group’s vision and experience working on the project. They make media as part of the organization Spotlight, in London, England. Full Story
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The Creative Inspiration of Audience Award Winner for Poster Campaign

Winner of the Audience Award in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards Poster Campaign category, Abdullah Al-Dahshan, reflects on his winning piece “Be Creative” and discusses his creative process. Abdullah is a student at Hashemite University in Amman, Jordan. Full Story
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Teach Youth to Make Media for the World

“I look for professional quality because they’re capable of it!” says Ms. Thato Mwosa. “Don’t be mediocre – be great.” Ms. Mwosa teaches TV Production at Madison Park High Technical Vocational High School, part of AYV partner Boston Public Schools, and had two AYV Awards finalists in 2014. “I tell my students to make their work as professional as possible – ‘We’re not making something for the classroom. The point is you’re making things for the world.’” Full Story
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AYV Awardwinner for "Train of Life" Tells Her Beautiful Story

Second Prize Winner of the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards Animation category, Tess Denham, writes about her inspiration for the winning piece, "Train of Life," what she learned throughout the process, and her love for storytelling and animation. Tess is a student at San Marino High in San Marino, California, USA. Full Story
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How a Youth Artist Discovered Her Joy

Karishma Changlani is an AYV Scholarships recipient from Mumbai, India. She participated in Adobe Youth Voices at CLT India Bangalore. Karishma is studying Computer Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she is part of the Honors Program. Full Story
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Kevin from Boston – the Making of an AYV Scholar

Kevin Bernardez is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Boston, Massachusetts. He participated in AYV at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Kevin is currently attending Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Full Story
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An AYV Scholar Finds Inspiration and New Opportunity in College

Delia Aires is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Dublin, Ireland. She participated in AYV at the Blanchardstown Computer Clubhouse Foroige. Delia is currently studying Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Full Story
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Creativity In and Out of the Classroom with Adobe Youth Voices

We believe that everyone has the power to create change – including (and especially) our youth. What everyone does not have, however, are the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. At Adobe Youth Voices, we want to change that. We want to ignite creative confidence in youth by giving them the tools they need to create compelling visual stories that move people to take action in their communities. Full Story
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Adobe Youth Voices San Jose Film Camp

The first 2014 Adobe Youth Voices San Jose Film Camp kicked off on February 1st this year and it was a dynamic one! Over 50 students showed up for a great day of light workshops, storyboarding, and a strong pitch session at the end. The energy level was high and it was evident that everyone was eager to start collaborating. Full Story
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Supporting High Quality Youth Media: Interview with Lead Educator Shan-Lee Liu

What makes a media work stand out and shine brighter than others? How do you guide youth in creating media that’s high quality? We turned to Lead Educator Shan-Lee Liu, Ed. D., for her insights. Shan-Lee teaches Chinese at Boston Latin School, in Massachusetts, and participates in AYV through network partner Boston Public Schools. Full Story
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Creating Change: The Youth and Educators of AYV Summit 2013

Several young people and educators came from just across town. Many came from across the country. And many more came from across the ocean. They hailed from, in some cases, vastly different communities and cultures, but they gathered together in Santa Clara, California, to celebrate their common purpose: making media to make a difference. Full Story
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Announcing the Recipients of the 2013-2014 Adobe Youth Voices Creativity Scholarships!

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Adobe Youth Voices Creativity Scholarships! Recipients demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, a strong creative portfolio and commitment to pursuing a career in a creative field. The scholarships have been awarded to 25 students from 13 countries. Full Story
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A Student’s Call to Embrace Your Creativity

When his teachers started talking about Adobe Youth Voices, “the first word that popped into my head was ‘creativity,’” says Johnny, a 16 year old youth media artist who participates in AYV through his school, Dorchester Academy in Boston, Massachusetts. Full Story
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Setting the Stage for Creativity to Thrive

Youth starting a media project may have a wonderful array of arts and technology tools at their fingertips. They can draw pictures, take photographs, shoot video, design graphics. They can share any message they wish with their friends, their community, the world…. All they have to do is ‘just be creative.’ Full Story
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San Jose AYV LIVE! Recording

San Jose Adobe Youth Voices Live 2013 went streaming in real-time on May 21st right here in Essentials. If you missed the webcast, you can now view the recording! Full Story
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Sundance at the AYV PBYRC Clubhouse in Jordan

The Adobe Youth Voices program at the PBYRC Clubhouse in Amman-Jordan has hosted a guest speaker and film-screening event from the Sundance Film Forward program as part of their international tour. Full Story
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2013 SAN JOSE REGION FILM CAMP

On March 2nd, 2013, we had our AYV San Jose region film camp screening at Adobe Headquarters. 15 groups had the opportunity to present their projects in front of an audience of approximately 150 people, while answering questions about their experience. This year, we had 15 groups, 45 students, 12 educators and 5 media mentors who participated in the camp. Full Story
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Student Media Project Supports Local Charity

The idea was to make a difference in their community. Inspired by a classroom assignment on Martin Luther King, Jr., a group of four students – Dantorie Reeves, Charles Lacdan, Juan Lemus and Noel Montes – undertook a video project, which turned into so much more. Their multimedia teacher, Will Cavada of Mt. Pleasant High School, California, tells the story Full Story
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Animation Brings Ideas to Life

“What do you think is important for people around you to understand?” A R Deepthi, a teacher at Vivekavardhini High School in Bangalore, India, asked. She was launching an animation project with her students and having this conversation was the first step in crafting a message they cared about. Full Story
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Designing a Positive Message

You can pull elements for your piece out of thin air. You can build layers from scratch. You can invent something new, or dramatically re-interpret an existing image so that it looks brand new. All this creative potential is what Rachelle Berthelot, a teacher at Immaculata High School in Ottawa, Canada, loves about graphic design. Full Story
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Aspire Awards Prize Party

In August 2012 Lead Educator Todd Strother met with his students who created the silver medal winning film in the narrative category of the 2012 Aspire Awards to celebrate their success and achievement. Full Story
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Compelled to Make a Difference

What can you do with your life experiences? You can share your story – like Tini, a young woman from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, who lost her parents to AIDS. Full Story
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Following Your Dreams a Gift You Can Give

“I was at the lowest point in my life. I was lost trying to find myself and a reason to continue to strive,” remembers Francisco. Then, while looking through a photo album, “I compared my baby hands with my current hands and realized how much I've grown.” Full Story
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With Thanks to... Your Collaborators

You’re done with your project. And it’s even better than you imagined. There were times you didn’t know what to do next. But, now it’s complete, you can share it and celebrate! So, who helped you along the way?  Full Story
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The Power of Artistic Choices

Her media project was due in just a few days, and the high school senior couldn’t focus. “I originally started with a completely different subject,” says Nicole, an AYV alum, “and while planning out that script, my Aunt passed away.” It became clear to her that she needed to do the media project on her Aunt – in her memory. Full Story