Call for Youth Media Projects Focused on Social Change

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Call for Youth Media Projects Focused on Social Change

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Submissions for the 2015 #AdobeYouthVoices awards are now OPEN! Learn how to get involved: via @Adobe

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:45pm


Last year, Christine Chung and Salwa Majoka were 12th grade students at Northview Heights Secondary School in Toronto. Christine describes herself as “a lifelong creative doer” and someone who “explores human conditions, trying to convey them in her work.” Salwa says that she “finds happiness in visually sharing stories and conceptually strong ideas, hoping she can make people ‘think’ about issues.”

These two young women decided to bring their perspectives and creativity together to produce “Hunger’s Core”, an animated short that tackles world hunger – and took first place Animation in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards. Christine and Salwa hope to continue their studies in animation and illustration so they can direct more films together.

This is one of thousands of stories that show the impact Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) has made on the lives of young people around the world. Since its inception in 2006, the program has cultivated digital media making skills in more than 190,000 youth from 60 countries. AYV aims to give youth creative confidence – the ability to tell powerful stories for social change through the production of digital media projects. Through this experience, they hone skills of self-expression, ideation, collaboration, flexibility, and persistence.

Today, we open the call for our fourth annual international Adobe Youth Voices Awards to recognize more insightful digital media projects created by youth like Christine and Salwa. If you or someone you know is eligible, and ready to create positive social change, we encourage a submission in one of our five categories.

The competition accepts entries in four visual storytelling methods: Documentary, Animation, Narrative and Visual Composition, which includes photography and graphic design. It’s open to youth ages 13 to 19 who want to use the power of digital media to drive awareness of social issues important to them. Winning projects will receive grants to support a nonprofit of their choice, hardware and Adobe software.

We have been so inspired by these projects, and the promising young leaders behind them, that we added a fifth category, Venture – an invitation for five-minute video submissions that pitch a solution to a social problem. Entrants are asked to propose a plan for implementing the solution over a year’s time and illustrate the expected impact. Venture winners will receive funding, hardware, Adobe software and mentorship from Ashoka’s Youth Venture to support the execution of their proposed plan.

All youth must team with an educator from their school or youth organization to submit the entry on their behalf. Complete entry guidelines are available on the official competition website.

The AYV Award season is always filled with excitement at Adobe because we find out what’s on the minds of youth from around the world. With the addition of the Venture category, we’re eager to see what issues our young social innovators will want to tackle. I’m sure they will continue to inspire and surprise us, and we look forward to sharing these stories with you in the coming months.

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