From October 24th to October 26th 2013, Sri Lanka invited the World Summit Youth Award to hold this year’s winners festival in the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of the country, Colombo. This year, the Adobe Youth Voices team at TakingITGlobal was proud to be active at this event in two ways.
The World Summit Youth Award is a unique global initiative that brings together young developers and digital entrepreneurs under 30 years of age who use internet and mobile technology to put the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into action and make a difference.
The youth at Shilpa Sayura Foundation, an AYV partner of TakingITGlobal for the past three years, were recognized and rewarded in the category “Pursue Truth”. YES AYV Creative Youth Media Project was launched in 2011 with the support of UNHABITAT and Adobe Youth Voices. Over one hundred under-served youth were trained in digital media creation. Yes AYV has been a telling success, polishing young people’s skills in teamwork, self-expression, interactive dialogue and digital journalism so that they are able to report on issues relevant to their lives. More details about the project can be found here.
Moreover, TakingITGlobal had the opportunity to put on a exhibit at the event, showcasing the various artwork from around the world that have been produced by the youth in the program. Our leading educator at Shilpa Sayura Foundation, Niranjan Meegammana represented TakingITGlobal at the event. Niranjan expressed how the event was a great opportunity to illustrate the different ways young people from around the world are addressing the MDG’s through their stories and their artwork. Drawing in audiences from different organizations and initiatives, the WSYA allowed Shilpa Sayura to demonstrate the important role young people are playing in making a difference through their actions, thoughts, and creativity.
When reflecting back on the event, Niranjan shared some highlights with the TIG team mentioning the theme of Women Empowerment and the various artwork that were illustrative of that was looked upon very enthusiastically by the audience.
The Adobe Youth Voices Team at TakingITGlobal would like to extend its congratulations to the youth at Shilpa Sayura Foundation for the achievements at the WSYA event, to all the youth participants in the AYV program who have been contributing to worldwide change through their ongoing creativity, and lastly the WSYA event coordinators and Jennifer Corriero for their hard work in ensuring the event would be a success for TIG and our representatives.