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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.

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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.’

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Interview with AYV 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 12FPS, a multimedia production company in San Francisco.

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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. So, it’s an interesting dilemma to have - asking youth to put themselves back in the audience in order to define it.

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AYV Awardwinner for "Train of Life" Tells Her Beautiful Story

I have been making films and animations for about three years. I signed up for the Regional Occupational Program Computer Animation class for my first semester as a freshman in high school. Although I had been drawing for several years before then, I had never created a film until I took that class.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Compelled to Make a Difference

What can you do with your life experiences? The painful ones, the hardships or loss? How can you make things better, for yourself and for others in the same circumstance? You can share your story – like Tini, a young woman from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, who lost her parents to AIDS.

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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.

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Supporting High Quality Youth Media: Interview with 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.

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Making Breakthrough Media with AYV Creative Educator

Sharing the unique power of digital storytelling with young people is Mohammed Nurull Islam’s passion and stock in trade. He co-founded the Mile End Community Project to give youth in East London a creative outlet and purpose, bringing them together around issues, such as race relations and accessibility, that affect the community deeply.

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The Transformative Power of Media Making

Imagine you have in your classroom students of various ages recently arrived from far-flung parts of the world, fleeing conflict or resettling for other reasons. How do you engage and support them? Lori Leberer, Art and Multimedia Teacher at the Seattle World School in Seattle, Washington, has worked hard to incorporate media into her teaching as an essential tool of empowerment.

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Making Media Taps Creativity and Changes Perspectives in Japan

“Creativity is the most important essence in education,” Yoko Takagi believes. She describes herself as an “old woman who experienced WWII and survived from Manchuria to Japan.” For thirty years she’s worked for global education in Japan, and when she encountered the new tools and approach of Adobe Youth Voices, she embraced it all.

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Young People Light the Way to Social Change in Sri Lanka

"The deepest impact from social change efforts is often felt in the places where suffering is greatest. Through Shilpa Sayura Foundation in Sri Lanka, youth are leading as active digital agents of change. They make media to communicate the needs of child soldiers returning to society, share first-hand accounts of natural disasters, and capture other critical stories otherwise left untold.

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AYV Alum Priyanka Saini Breaks Down Barriers in Pursuit of a Creative Career

In Priyanka Saini’s hometown Shahbad Muhammed Pur, on the outskirts of New Delhi, the society is quite conservative and traditional. Not many women are given the opportunity to venture out for careers or even higher education.

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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. To produce something that communicates your message in a compelling way takes forethought.

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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.” Coming up with an idea can be the hardest part of a media project. When it’s a good idea, often the work just flows.

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