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The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation and Adobe Foundation Unveil New Academy for San Jose Youth

New academy in San Jose, CA opens, giving more young people opportunities to create with purpose

Earlier this year, Adobe Youth Voices and the Peapod Foundation announced Year 2 of their partnership with a new academy opening at the Urban Arts Partnership in New York City.

The new site at MACLA in San Jose, announced on August 4, is now the 5th in a series of academies that have been launched by Adobe Youth Voices in partnership with the Peapod Foundation, since 2009.

Located at 510 South First Street, the academy will be housed in a facility operated by Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA), an organization promoting visual, literary and performance art as a vehicle for civic dialogue and social equity.

The collaboration between The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation, Adobe Youth Voices (the signature program of the Adobe Foundation) and MACLA will focus on empowering youth to find their voice and become agents of social change in addition to learning important digital literacy skills. Beginning September 2011, programs and services will be offered for youth ages 13-18. An estimated 300 youth are expected to participate in the academy annually.

"Every day we are inspired by the immense talent we see in young people.", said will.i.am, "The Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies provide these youth with opportunities to advance their artistic and academic skills and channel their creative energy in ways we can only imagine. We are proud to help them make their voices heard".

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Our history

The Adobe Foundation, The Black Eyed Peas, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation have partnered to provide youth from underserved communities access to music and multimedia production tools and the high-tech skills to use them. Based on the belief that kids can use video, dance, music, and art to spark social change in their communities, these organizations have launched two Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies in the San Francisco Bay Area, with more sites to follow worldwide.

The aim of the academies is to nurture self-expression, creativity, community involvement, and digital literacy among young people — the kind of education these organizations feel is critical for today's youth.

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About the Adobe Foundation

The Adobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created and funded by Adobe Systems Incorporated to leverage human, technological, and financial resources to drive social change and community improvements.

The Foundation's Adobe Youth Voices global philanthropic program brings digital and multimedia tools and training to students and educators and empowers youth to comment on their world, share their ideas, and demonstrate their potential to take action in their communities. The Adobe Youth Voices global network currently includes more than 160 sites, grantees, and organizations in 31 countries engaging youth and educators in schools and out-of-school programs.

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About the Peapod Academy

The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation encourages social change by uniting people, especially children, through the universal language of music. The Peapod Foundation was established as a Charitable Service Fund administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

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About the Entertainment Industry Foundation

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education, and social issues.

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Academies at work

MACLA

MACLA

San Jose, CA
Since 2011

Urban Arts

Urban Arts

New York, NY
Since 2011

Redwood City Academy

Redwood City Academy

Redwood City, CA
Since 2009

Watts Academy

Watts Academy

Los Angeles, CA
Since 2009


Oakland Academy

Oakland Academy

Oakland, CA
Since 2009



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