2012 Annual Report

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The Adobe Youth Voices program engages youth in underserved communities worldwide to develop the skills required to participate in their communities and use digital art to address the issues that matter to them. http://adobeyouthvoices.tigweb.org http://www.tigurl.org/adobeset This year was marked by powerful advancements for the Adobe Youth Voices program. We saw increased cross-cultural collaboration between our participants and we received an array of fantastic youth media projects addressing critical global issues. We are proud to have engaged educators around the world in creating meaningful opportunities for the young people in their communities. New Developments Cross-Cultural Collaboration The spirit of global community skyrocketed in our program this year as four of our most engaged educators embarked on an incredible journey to produce a collaborative documentary. Their initiative has resulted in an inspiring team of young artists from Bonaire, Uruguay, Kenya and Egypt working together to address domestic violence through a documentary film. Resource Development This year we developed a series of new training resources aimed at equipping educators with the skills and confidence to support their youth in producing high-quality media projects. Educators were engaged through a series of five interactive webinars that were customized to meet the educators' capacity-building goals. 47 Partner sites 111 Educators 26 250 22 Youth Media Projects Countries 2,782 Youth involved TakingITGlobal Annual Report 2012 PARTNERSHIPS AND INITIATIVES Site Visits http://www.tigurl.org/vtblog2012 In 2012, we had the privilege of visiting partner sites located in Mexico City and Toronto. The visit to Mexico served to foster a sense of community and encourage resource-sharing among our educators in Mexico City. Our team also visited two Toronto partner sites to shed light on the importance of supporting youth through difficult transition periods using digital art and creativity. Lead Educators Training http://www.tigurl.org/leadeds12 In August 2012, five of our educators were invited to participate in a week-long Lead Educators training event at the Adobe headquarters in San Jose, California. The Lead Educators training is a hands-on professional development program designed to explore topics that pose challenges for educators working with youth and media. Participating educators spent the week creating media, sharing experiences and best practices in their Adobe Youth Voices programs. Exhibition http://www.tigurl.org/adobeset This year we launched the latest youth media collection in the "Perspectives" series on TakingITGlobal's Global Gallery. Featured artwork addresses a range of social issues, including women's rights, community activism, climate change, and child labour. In July 2012, we exhibited 10 print media pieces at Youth Day, an annual celebration based in Toronto. The exhibition brought together over 20,000 participants to celebrate young people's positive achievements. The event provided a great opportunity to give visibility to the artwork of our young artists (http://www.tigurl. org/youthday12).

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