Eastside Educational Trust is pleased and proud to announce that the Adobe Foundation (based in California), has appointed us as their new UK strategic partner responsible for managing and co-ordinating the Adobe Youth Voices program in London. Eastside will now work in partnership with creatives and educators throughout the UK to deliver this innovative program, which inspires young people to engage in hands-on media production and share their perspectives on the issues that affect them.
Announcing the appointment of Eastside as its new UK strategic partner, Adobe Youth Voices Senior Program Manager, Patricia Cogley states: "For the past four years, the Adobe Foundation has supported Eastside's outstanding youth media programming through our grants initiative, and we are delighted that they will now be supporting Adobe Youth Voices educators and youth through professional development training, coordination, and creative mentorship. We are confident that the organization's professionalism, experience in youth media, and strong arts education practice will be an exciting opportunity for strengthening the creative pathway for young people in London."
Through Adobe Youth Voices, young people (13 - 18) use technology to create compelling videos, animations, photo essays, presentations, music, and other pieces that contribute the essential perspectives of youth to critical topics and inspire new solutions to long-standing problems. Adobe Youth Voices aims to empower young people around the globe with real-world experiences and 21st century tools to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential and take action in their communities. Adobe Youth Voices supports young people in and out of school and encourages the use of cutting-edge multimedia tools to communicate and share their ideas and demonstrate their potential.
Every young person has a story. We provide the tools, training, and forums to harness young people's creativity and make their voices heard. The mission of Adobe Youth Voices is to empower young people to 'Create with Purpose' using a media making strategy that is designed to engage participants in creating meaningful messages using a wide variety of digital media. We support teachers, educators and creative practitioners working with young people to share their perspectives through moving image, animation, music, photography, illustration and graphic design.
AYV is based on three key principles:
1. Engage: Creating spaces for participants to think critically and engage in meaningful media-making.
2. Enhance: Offering professional development opportunities to young people and their educators through training, capacity-building, and exposure to 21st century tools.
3. Exhibit: Ensuring that the work produced by youth artists is given international visibility and showcased innovatively.
Adobe Youth Voices (London) 2012 / 2013 program is now underway and our partner sites include:
You can view media created by young people across the world on the Adobe Youth Voices Gallery
The Adobe Aspire Awards celebrate the extraordinary work of young media artists from around the world, recognising top talent in media production.