Urban Arts Graduates Chosen To Receive Global Adobe Foundation Creativity Scholarshi​ps!

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Adobe Foundation Announces 2013-2014 Creativity Scholarship Recipients

Two Urban Arts students are among 25 recipients from Adobe’s Global Network Selected to Pursue Higher Education in Creative Fields
SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 10, 2013 – The Adobe Foundation today announced the recipients of its first annual Creativity Scholarships, available to teens who participate in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program. For the 2013-2014 academic year, scholarships have been awarded to 25 students from Adobe’s global network, including Argentina, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States. Recipients demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, a strong creative portfolio and commitment to pursuing a career in a creative field.

Two of the 25 Creativity Scholarships were awarded to graduates of the Urban Arts Academy. Alvaro Ceballos (above, right) is a talented veteran of the Academy’s Media Lab and will be attending Pratt Institute to study film and visual art. Kasiem Walters (above, left) excelled in our Digital Music Production program and plans to receive his Associates Degree in Deaf Studies at LaGuardia Community College before pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music and Business.

In 2013, 100% of seniors enrolled in The Academy graduated high school on time. 100% are pursuing secondary education.

Designed to ignite creative confidence in youth, AYV is helping support the next generation of creative thinkers and equipping them with resources to help advance their education. AYV follows a creativity curriculum and provides the digital tools, training and professional mentorship students need to develop essential skills such as self-expression, ideation, collaboration, flexibility and persistence. All AYV students produce original projects in animation, video, photography and other digital media categories, spotlighting issues important to them including poverty, bullying and climate change.

“The youth receiving our Creativity Scholarships demonstrate tremendous creative potential,” said Michelle Crozier Yates, director of corporate responsibility, Adobe and Adobe Foundation executive director. “We’re thrilled to see outstanding young people from our AYV community pursuing education that will continue building their creative skills and give them an edge in our rapidly evolving, highly competitive global economy.”

Adobe’s recent State of Create global benchmark study, published in April 2012, surfaced concerns about a “creativity gap” in five of the world’s largest economies. The research revealed that four in 10 people believed they do not have access to the tools needed to support creativity in the classroom.

“I believe creativity-focused programs are an important part of education because they allow students to express themselves and build confidence,” said Eva Miller, an AYV participant and 2013 Creativity Scholarship recipient. “Through AYV, I’ve gained invaluable skills and discovered that I want to become a filmmaker. The Creativity Scholarship is giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and make a positive impact through my films.”

About the Creativity Scholarships The Creativity Scholarship program provides financial support to students who are in their final year of high school, upper secondary school or the first year of post-secondary education. Applicants must have participated in the AYV program through Adobe’s network of more than 800 strategic partners in 52 countries. The Creativity Scholarship program is administered by the Institute of International Education(IIE), an independent not-for-profit founded in 1919. IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.

About Adobe Youth Voices Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is the Adobe Foundation’s global initiative to ignite Creative Confidence in youth by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard. The youth involved in AYV spotlight the issues they care about by creating original media – a process that fosters their passion to make a difference while providing them with the creative skillsessential to success in the world today. Through programs like AYV, and by increasing creativity in education, Adobe believes we will better equip young people to be the problem solvers, critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about AYV, its point of view on creativity in education and how you can be involved, please visit http://youthvoices.adobe.com/.

About the Adobe Foundation The Adobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created and funded by Adobe Systems Incorporated to leverage human, technological and financial resources to drive social change and community improvements.

About Urban Arts Partnership For the past 22 years, Urban Arts Partnership has been advancing the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap. Urban Arts currently partners with 96 New York City and 9 Los Angeles public schools, impacting more than 9,000 students through programs proven to boost academic achievement and promote positive youth development.