Adobe Foundation To Launch Technology Programs for Students, Teachers


The Adobe Foundation is expanding its Adobe Youth Voices program into new areas in 2009. These include new initiatives to train teachers and students on the use of technologies, as well as a partnership with the Ad Council to collaborate on a dropout prevention campaign called "Boost."

Adobe Youth Voices is a program aimed at giving disadvantaged youths an opportunity to learn and use multimedia tools to get them involved in digital media arts: music, Web design, video, and other forms of expression.

The latest initiatives are part of a larger plan for Adobe Youth Voices to reach about 5,000 more educators and 150,000 more students by 2011, according to information provided to us by the Adobe Foundation.

They include, among other things, a partnership with the Ad Council that will call on high school students in 2009 to create original videos on the subject of dropout prevention, supporting the Ad Council's Boost campaign. Videos will be two to five minutes in length, and completed projects will be showcased on various sites, including social networking sites, the Boost campaign site, and the Adobe Youth Voices Youth Work Gallery.

Separately, Adobe Youth Voices is also partnering with Chicago Public Schools' Technology Academies and other schools in the CPS system in an effort to bring technology-based teaching and learning to under-served neighborhoods in Chicago. According to the Adobe Foundation, as part of the program, "60 teachers within the Chicago Public Schools will be trained and working with their students with digital media and inquiry based learning," and "1,600 students from across Chicago will be working with digital media."

Further information about the Adobe Youth Voices program can be found here.

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