Tom Moses and Shokooh Soraya Khorzad
Students from The Harefield Academy presented their work at BFI Southbank on 8 May as part of a celebration of youth media produced as part of Adobe Youth Voices. Tom Moses and Shokooh Soraya Khorzad introduced the work produced over the past year by level 3 BTEC students.
The students have participated in a global programme empowering young people to voice their opinions on global issues. This year students' media has tackled a wide range of subjects including climate change, cyber-bullying and ethical fashion.
Adobe Youth Voices is delivered by Eastside Educational Trust in the UK and the AYV Co-ordinator explains more: "AYV is powerful because we are able to support teachers and educators to develop their skills by working with industry professionals and harness this to young people's desire to make their voices heard. AYV Live! at the BFI Southbank is a wonderful showcase of young people's burgeoning creative confidence. Making media in a meaningful way and having your work reach an audience is not always easy but we're so impressed with the work showcased at AYV Live! which shows energy, enthusiasm and spirit."
After the event the ambassadors commented "I really enjoyed taking part in Adobe Youth Voices and it was an amazing opportunity to present my work to such a big audience and to see it shown on the screen at the BFI. It has made me want to make more films and get them shown."
Participants in Adobe Youth Voices are also able to apply for a Creative Scholarship which offers support to recipients for tuition fees for up to four years.
Notes to the Editor
EASTSIDE EDUCATIONAL TRUST
Eastside Educational Trust is a registered charity based in Hackney, which exists to help young people develop their creative thinking, so they can be the problem solvers of tomorrow. Eastside is a professional organisation with creativity at its heart, inspiring young people from different backgrounds to discover their individual talents through creative workshops and sessions. We provide professional participatory workshops and guidance for all young people across the entire spectrum of the arts including: drama and performance, dance and movement, literature and spoken word, visual arts and crafts, music and singing and film and media, both in-school-time and out-of-school-hours.
ADOBE YOUTH VOICES
Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is a global programme which ignites young people’s Creative Confidence – the ability to harness creative skills to solve problems – using advanced digital media tools and tested storytelling techniques. With greater creativity, and a greater belief in their own abilities, young people will be more engaged in their education and better prepared for a fast-changing global economy. Eastside are the Adobe Foundation’s strategic partner to deliver AYV in the UK. They are one of a network of 14 network partners globally representing 17,000 teachers and educators worldwide. In the UK we work with 50 educators annually and more than 1,000 young people aged 13 – 18.