Adobe Names Active Youth Voices Sites

##AUTHORSPLIT##<--->11.01.2006—Adobe Systems has kicked off its Active Youth Voices program, naming the first 41 sites to participate in the philanthropic venture. Recipients of the benefits of the program include schools and non-profit youth organizations in the United States, United Kingdom and India.

Adobe announced its Youth Voices program back in June. The purpose, according to the company, is to give 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.

In a statement released back at the time of the program's introduction, Adobe said: “At Adobe Youth Voices sites worldwide, teens will be encouraged to create works that communicate their ideas, concerns and aspirations. By engaging with their communities in this way, young people can further develop critical skills needed for success in school, career and life.”

Initially, Adobe had planned to involve 36 sites in the program by the end of 2006. According to today’s announcement, that number has already been exceeded by five sites.

Organizations chosen for the Youth Voices program receive free Adobe software (Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements); financial assistance for the production and exhibition of the works of participants; and orientation and training for teachers, program leaders and students.

The list of initial sites chosen from the program was released by Adobe today:

  • San Francisco Bay Area: Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula – East Palo Alto and Redwood City; Build San Francisco Institute; Children's Discovery Museum; Downtown College Prep; Galileo – Academy of Information Technology; and KIPP Heartwood Academy
  • Seattle: Aki Kurose Middle School; Hamilton International Middle School; High Point Community Technology Center; James A. Garfield High School; McClure Middle School; Nathan Hale High School; Washington Middle School; and Youth in Focus.
  • New York: Bronx Leadership Academy II; Bronx Satellite Academy (Arturo Schomburg Satellite Academy); Lang Youth Medical Program; The School for Legal Studies; and Westside Collaborative Middle School (MS 250)
    London: Islington City Learning Centre Highbury; Kids Company; Lilian Baylis Technology School; Paddington Arts; and St. Charles Catholic Sixth Form College.
  • Delhi/Noida, India: Akshay Pratishthan School; Bal Panchayat; Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group; CRS Kanya Girls’ Intercollege; Kislay; Mizzima News Group; Noida Public Senior Secondary School; The Kutumb Foundation; and Pravah.
  • Bangalore, India: APSA (The Association for Promoting Social Action); Government Girls’ High School, Adugodi; Government High School, Jyothipura; Government Urdu High School, Barlane; Samvada; Sri Raja Rajeshwari Vidya Mandir High School; Slum Jagattu Media Group; and Vivekavardhini High School.

Adobe says it plans to commit $10 million over the next five years to the program.

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