Building on young people’s natural creativity and interconnectedness, Adobe Systems Incorporated has launched a five-year, $10 million program to encourage young people to use multimedia tools, such as film, digital art, and animation, to comment on their world and take an active role in their communities. To evaluate the new program, Adobe Youth Voices, Adobe turned to EDC researchers, who will interview participants around the world, develop case studies, and share the results.
Young people at dozens of sites in California, New York, Seattle, London, and Noida and Bangalore, India, will work with local educators and artists to develop, produce, and exhibit media presentations. The successes and challenges of the program and its approach will be documented by EDC’s evaluation team, which will conduct site visits this spring to see the youth media activities in action and to interview participants about their experiences.
“It is really exciting to be working with Adobe on this cutting-edge philanthropic initiative that promotes youth media,” says Tony Streit, senior project director with EDC’s Education, Employment, and Community Programs (EEC). Adds Leslie Goodyear, EEC research scientist, “We’re eager to develop the case studies to see how the program and youth experiences differ in places like California and India, and then share those discoveries.”
Adobe Youth Voices projects will be exhibited at community festivals, film screenings, and local and regional conferences. Youth works will also be showcased on the Web.
Originally published on January 1, 2007