At the Adobe Youth Voices Summit, teenagers from around the world converge on San Jose, CA, to attend workshops and panel discussions and ultimately to create media that expresses a shared vision for positive change. Managing Editor Julie Campagna attends the event and interviews the young artists.
JULIE CAMPAGNA: Hi, I'm Julie Campagna. And this week, we're at the Adobe Youth Voices Summit in San Jose, California, where youth from around the world have joined together to share their vision for positive change through digital arts and collaborative media.
MIGUEL SALINAS: Adobe Youth Voices is an amazing program that engages young people in making multimedia projects for social change. So they're using our tools to really express themselves about community issues that they care about. And the goal is for them to catalyze change and dialogue in their communities about these issues.
It's designed specifically for under‑served communities. We have young people from Uganda to Brazil to Russia to China…all on this shared mission to express themselves about things that they care about using our tools and a creative process to do that.
MARIA ANDREA: We are making a video about moral ethics. If you work with this program, you have more possibilities to express your ideas and your problems.
JOSH ALVES: Right now, I'm doing a project on the environment. So we get to use stop motion. It's kind of hard, but when we put the pieces together and work as a team, it's coming through. And I get to meet people from Nigeria, I work with people from India. So collaborating with people from different regions, I think, is a great idea.
DONNA MORRIS: AYV really does provide the opportunity for us to help directly in the communities in which we serve, for youth to use our technology to create with purpose. It's an extension of insuring that the youth have access to technology and are able to create and communicate. It allows them access for something that they might not otherwise have access to.
JULIE: Tell me a little bit about the Adobe Youth Voices Summit.
MIGUEL: The Adobe Youth Voices Summit was designed to look at the thousands of young people around the world that are participating and really pick those that show potential and promise and are really into it. So we bring them together, we invest in their travel and their stay here. And we also design a really brilliant experience for them to actually make media while they're here. So they're on deadline, we're putting them to work. And they're using all kinds of media formats, and they're looking at all kinds of issues to create these media projects that will showcase at a special event on the last day.
JULIE: It's the final night of the Summit. What was your favorite part about being involved with Adobe Youth Voices?
NICHOLAS TOZZI: Well, honestly, I don't think I can pick out a favorite part. I mean, I met people from all around the world. I've learned so much. And I've been inspired and I know what I'm going to do with my future now, because Adobe has taught me so much and I'm going to utilize that for the rest of my life, honestly.
ARENESSA GUTIERREZ: It was unbelievable. I couldn't, I would never think that, "Wow, me and this person from Africa, me and this person from California, we're all thinking the same thing. We're all thinking alike." We have similarities. But then, we also had our own personal twists on things, which made it so much more interesting.
CHRISTOPHER STERLING: What inspired me was seeing all of the videos that all of the other youths made, and all the other performances, that really inspired me to get my career in film making. That's what I really want to do now.
MARIA RAIWE: I would like to thank Adobe for giving me an opportunity to appreciate all this culture and value. I love them for who they are. I love them for what they expect from them. They are so sweet. Thank you. I really thank you, Adobe. So love from Nigeria!
JULIE: Though these young artists will be going home tomorrow, they'll be bringing back new perspectives and skills to their community. And we'll continue to work with their peers and new friends wherever they are in the world, but not before getting a surprise concert with the Black Eyed Peas, who are going to be appearing momentarily in the California Theater behind me. So I've got to get going. I don't want to miss the show. And if you want to learn more about Adobe Youth Voices, visit youthvoices.adobe.com, and I hope you enjoyed this edition of Inspire Magazine.