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Where are they now? Catching up with AYV Alumni from India

On a bright, sunny day seven years ago there was a march through the town of Tank Garden, in Southern India. Students walked with their teachers four or five abreast, carrying placards and a sense of purpose. A team of AYV students had uncovered a threat to the environment, and they were determined to raise awareness. Full Story
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AYV Bonaire Hosts Dutch King and Queen for Showcase of Youth Media

On a small island in a big sea, the power of digital storytelling has attracted a huge following. Bonaire is an island nation in the Caribbean, part of the Netherlands, and the AYV program there — led by Dennis Martinus — recently hosted the Dutch king and queen for a dynamic display of youth media. Full Story
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Where are they now? Catching up with AYV Alum Adam Kennedy from San Francisco

As both a media consumer and a creative professional, Adam has a stake in how stories are told. In the transformational media arts program at Balboa High School, he learned how to create with purpose, and further developed his critical acumen at San Francisco State University. This year at Sundance, Adam saw films that resonated with him. Find out more about his work! Full Story
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High Tech Youth Celebrates 10 years with AYV Live

High Tech Youth Network recently held a joint event, celebrating its 10th birthday and "Adobe Youth Voices Live" at Studio 274 this year in Auckland, New Zealand. Full Story
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8 sites collaborate on one video

Students from the Adobe Youth Voices program at nine different schools and community organizations in five different cities in two countries created visuals to illustrate the poem Somewhere in America by Get Lit Players Zariya Allen, Belissa Escobedo, and Rhiannon McGavin. Full Story
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Where are they now? Catching up with AYV Alum Esther Nazziwa Rebecca from Uganda

“I know that people have the ability to rise above and beyond their circumstances, but I ask: why must it get to that? Why not do something before it’s so late? It is for this reason that I seek to bring us to a time when slums as we know them shall no longer exist.” Full Story
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2015 San Jose AYV Film Camp

The 2015 Adobe Youth Voices Film Camp kicked off on February 7th, 2015 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, California. 11 groups from south bay region were selected to take part in a one month long filmmaking marathon, based off of their video pitch submissions. Full Story
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AYV Scholar Mendy Calixte on the Power of Creativity

My house is near the beach. For every single day of my childhood, I could see people fishing all kinds of fish, small, medium, big. I felt that if it continues like that, one day they will not find any fish to eat. And, I decided to share my thought with the community by taking and sharing pictures of the intensive fishing and advising them to not do it because of major consequences in the future... I hope to be able to use my career to serve my community's perspective by using science and creativity. Full Story
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National Media Contest in Romania: “Youth create with purpose”

AYV Romania celebrates creativity and youth voice with a media competition that went national this year. Professor Cornelia Platon shares her reflections on this big event and the way Adobe Youth Voices has affected participants: "Both students and teachers have understood how important and necessary creativity is and how it can change people’s lives." Full Story
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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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1st AYV MAST youth visit to Adobe Noida for Graphic Design & Photoshop session

On 19th November, 2014, 11 youth pursuing AYV MAST Graphic and Print Design Course were filled with excitement for their first visit to the Adobe office in Noida. The youth were eager to attend a session on Logo Designing and Photoshop with Abhishek Mukherjee, Evangelist and Solutions Consultant, Adobe India. 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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Project Pitch: Interview with Lead Educator Henry Sempangi Sanyulye

For years now, AYV Lead Educator Henry Sempangi Sanyulye has been leading youth media programs with Go Youth Media, an iEARN partner based in Kampala, Uganda. When youth present their vision for a media project to peers and educators – the project pitch – it’s a crucial step in the media making process. We asked Henry to share his strategies and insights on facilitating project pitch with young people. 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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Inspiration and Collaboration Flourished at AYV Summit 2013

It was an inspiring mix of collaboration and celebration when young people and educators from twenty-three countries gathered at the Adobe Youth Voices Summit 2013 last month in Santa Clara, California. Designed as an immersive media arts experience, the Summit gave youth the opportunity to create media together on issues they care about related to identity and culture, education, and the environment. Meet a couple of the talented youth who made the AYV Summit 2013 a resounding success! 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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Global Collaboration: An Interview with Lead Educator Dennis Martinus

Lead Educator Dennis Martinus has been cultivating future leaders on the island of Bonaire with much success for over 15 years. In 1995, he founded the first organization in Bonaire to train and equip teenagers in civic engagement, the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation. Now, his efforts are expanding on a global level with the help of Adobe Youth Voices educators from the countries of Egypt, Kenya, and Uruguay. We asked Dennis to share with us his approach to global collaboration and what he has learned from the experience. 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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An Interview with Adobe Youth Voices Alumnus Adam Kennedy

Adobe Youth Voices alumna Adam Kennedy has come a long way since his student media making days at the CAST Academy in Balboa High School in San Francisco, California. Now he is part of the professional creative team at 12 FPS, a multimedia production company in San Francisco. In addition, he recently completed a feature-length film that premiered at the San Francisco Latino Film Festival to a full house – a pivotal moment for any filmmaker. Adam shares with us the significant role Adobe Youth Voices had in his journey from youth media student to professional media artist. Full Story
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Career Connections: An Interview with Lead Educator Jeff Larson

Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator Jeff Larson has been teaching students art in its various forms for over fifteen years, holding the firm belief that the arts are not only critical to young people’s learning and development, but also play a crucial role in the teaching of technology and digital literacy. For over six years, he has been a part of Balboa High School’s CAST Academy in San Francisco, California, helping young people explore and prepare for careers in the media and technical arts. As an Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator, Jeff serves as a great role model for his peers with a wealth of knowledge on how to make media career pathways a reality for young media artists. Full Story
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Building Media Literacy: An Interview with Lead Educator Joan Sweeney

A newly appointed Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator, Joan Sweeney has been teaching for ten years at St. Patrick Intermediate High School in Ottawa, Canada. She teaches English/language arts, with an emphasis on cultivating media literacy skills. We asked Joan to share some of her insights and strategies or tools for teaching media literacy to her students. Full Story
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Saturday Afternoons in Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria–The youth with whom Francesca Adeola Abiola works are between the ages of 12 and 18, and many of them are in secondary school. Some are Muslim, some are Christian, and they come from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Media Concern Initiative is a grantee partner of The Global Fund for Children and is dedicated to preventing sexual violence and providing crisis response in cases of sexual abuse and rape. Full Story
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Raising Their Voices

Hyderabad, India–Today, on the first day of GFC grantee partner Mahita’s digital media workshop in Hyderabad, India, 17-year-old Shakeela mentioned that she wanted to create a video story that addressed the issue of girls being bullied. 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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Exhibition: A Showcase for Your Message

You’re making media about a really important issue… Don’t stop with the finished product, for now the hard work of sharing your message begins! Make and take as many opportunities to exhibit as you can. As youth artists from Uganda would attest, you never know who may come by to listen. Full Story
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Change Agents

Lagos, Nigeria–Temitope Tejuoso, Tope for short, is an Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) lead educator. She is part of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), a Global Fund for Children grantee partner based in Lagos, Nigeria. Tope, with support from AYV educators Chinenye and Adepeju, leads the AYV program. Full Story
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The Ger District in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia—A ger is a traditional Mongolian portable tent that is still used today as a dwelling place for families. The unofficial ger district just outside of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, has expanded significantly over the last year as many families have left the countryside in search of jobs. Full Story
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Saturday School in Soweto

Soweto, South Africa – The school is a haven for them, said Jose Bright, the executive director of Teboho Trust, a small nonprofit organization in Soweto, South Africa, that provides personal empowerment and social development workshops, in addition to educational support, to approximately 400 orphaned and underserved youth. Full Story
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Sana's Digital Dream

Washington, DC – She said her mom was her inspiration to pursue an education when education for girls was looked down upon. In 2004, along with a few of her peers, Sana Sohail founded GFC grantee partner Chanan Development Association (CDA), a youth-led organization in Pakistan dedicated to supporting the active participation of youth and women in their communities by employing the techniques of interactive theater, puppetry, digital and social media, music, cultural festivals, and trainings. 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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A Recipe for Making Your Own Curriculum

"Creating one’s own curriculum is like making a delicious homemade meal,” says Meryl Meisler, Digital Arts teacher at the Institute for Collaborative Education in New York City. “You take a little of this, a little of that, basing the stock on success from previous projects/recipes or other great cooks, and adding spice to make it the best yet.” Full Story
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How to Have a Say

Media making lets people participate in a dialogue that they might not otherwise have been able to join. When Prerna and Nishu, a couple of AYV youth from Noida Public Sr. Sec. School in India, made a film about the problem of child labor, they injected themselves into the public debate as witnesses and activists. Full Story
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Take Inspiration from the World Around You

Where to go for a project idea? One that grabs you, and that you want to share with others? Amer, an AYV youth media artist from Amman, Jordan, says to look around you – and “follow your interest.” Full Story
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The Making of a Music Video: Behind the Scenes

Youth media isn’t about the absence of adult input, but rather strong behind-the-scenes presence of a facilitator, who empowers youth to make their own artistic choices. 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
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The Vision Comes First

Having a creative vision isn’t just for Hollywood directors, but for anyone who sets out to make media that will matter to its audience. Full Story
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When it Comes to Teaching, Personalize it

“There is no magic bullet – just build personal relationships with the students,” says Gregg Witkin, a teacher at Boynton High School in San Jose, California. In his experience, “If a student doesn't really believe in their teacher, they won't be forthcoming with what they believe.” Full Story
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How to Work - and - Create in Harmony

For a group of strangers—youth from around the globe—to produce a music video in just one day requires a real commitment to working together. Full Story
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In Search of… Audience

The field of youth media is about, among other things, pulling young people out of the audience and having them run the show. From passive to active, consumers to producers, bystanders to change agents. Full Story
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Taking Learning to the Streets

When you find out what happens to plastics in your community or learn the hazards and environmental harm of plastic consumption, you have to spread the word. Full Story
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Make a Top Five List

Before anyone got into groups or selected a topic for their Adobe Youth Voices project, Deana Thai said, "I really wanted them to want to work on the topic and not just be in the group because their friends were." Full Story