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The Adobe Youth Voices program empowers youth in underserved communities around the globe to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action. In collaboration with Adobe Youth Voices, TakingITGlobal is delivering this innovative program for youth to engage in hands on media production and share their perspectives on the social issues that affect them.



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Youth Day 2014

On July 20th 2014 and for the second year in a raw, the AYV team at TakingITGlobal had the opportunity to exhibit some of our media pieces at the Youth Day summer festival. Youth Day is a non-profit summer festival that has been held in Toronto for the last 8 years! This year, the festival featured over 100 live music and dance perfromances on 2 non-stop stages over 12 hours; mostly by young people aged 14 to 29 years old. The event also included live fashion shows and an art gallery.

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The AYV pieces were displayed as part of the Art gallery which included pieces of numerous young artists from Toronto. This event has attracted more than 100,000 visitors since it's inception in 2007, This meant that our pieces and the great work that our partners have been doing with AYV recieved great exposure from the local community in Toronto! 

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We are very proud of the pieces that we exhibited and of our young artists who created these pieces. The messages and the inspiration behind eac piece connected with most of the visitors. 

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Art Fusion Festival

On the 22nd of June 2014, the AYV team at TakingITGlobal had an opportunity to exhibit some of the work that was produced by our amazing youth in the Art Fusion Festival that was held at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronot. This non-profit community art festival is held each year in Toronto and it includes numerous live preformances and live paintings from local artists in Toronto and it attracts nearly 3,000 visitors!

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The AYV team displayed 20 of the amazing work that was produced in the 2013 - 2014 cycle by youth from our different partner sites. The visitors of the exhibition were impressed by the quality of the media pieces and everyone commented on the important messages that were shared by these amazing young people. In fact, a lot of the young people that viewed these pieces shared the sentiments of the artists and their pieces.It confirms that youth around the world share the same dreams, hopes, and ambitions!

In addition to our great exhibit, our Executive Director: Jennifer Corriero had a live session where she painted one piece as the exhibition went on! 

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It was a great opportunity for the AYV team to go out and get the word out about the AYV program and the work that our network of partners do.  We are very proud of the artists that were featured in our first exhibition of the year and we sent huge Kudos to everyone who made this possible! 

We look forward to going again next year!

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AYV Film Camp - Day 5 - Screening and Festival!

The week has flown by and we can’t believe it’s already screening day! Everyone involved in the camp was fully charged for this day including campers, mentors, tech admins and NFB staff.

The groups managed to submit their final films half way through Friday. Huge thanks go to Dan from NFB for making sure all the films were working properly without any glitch! The Youth then spent the rest of the afternoon getting ready for their presentations through a very interactive workshop with Tracey Erin Smith who made sure that the youth got over their stage fright and engaged their creative minds in talking about their ideas, process, and final productions.

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The AYV team managed to also throw one last curve ball before the final screening when they asked the different groups to design posters for their films in one hour!  Using Photoshop Elements, the groups managed to create professional looking posters that had the TIG team amazed at the raw talent we had in our hands!
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At 5:00 pm, our campers were joined by Sprout Ideas campers at OCAD University for a reception with their parents and their guests where they had the opportunity to informally discuss their process and experience in the camp.

At 6:30 pm everyone headed to the Art Gallery of Ontario where the screening took place. The festival was attended not only by the campers and their families, but it also included guests from TIG, TDSB, NFB, and OCAD University. The kids were looking all smart and they took to the stage in groups with their mentors to present their films, screen it, and answer the audience questions. Everyone was impressed by the quality of the films that the kids managed to produce in a matter of a week.

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The four films: I Aspire, Wake UP, Creativity, and Urban Animal will be posted on our TakingITGlobal Youtube channel as well as behind the scenes video that was shot by the amazing Lawrence Lin so that  all of you get to visually experience the ride we had this week!

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We couldn’t be prouder of our campers! And we couldn’t be more grateful for all the help and support we got from Adobe, NFB, TDSB, TIG, and our media mentors! This camp wouldn’t have been a success without everyone contributing to it.

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Check our twitter and facebook page in the upcoming days to get to see the amazing short films that were produced in this camp

*Spoiler alert – There are many cameo appearances by a number of our AYV team members and TIG members 


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AYV Film Camp - Day 4 - Post Production

If we would name day 4 of our film camp, we would name it Editing Day! As the Raw footage were uploaded to the groups' stations, the youth started diving into their projects with their eyes glued to their screens looking for the perfect shots to include in their films. 

The day started with an editing workshop ran by the NFB experts, followed by a talk and a live demonstration of Adobe Premiere Elements by one of our guest speakers (Jonathan Amar). 

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Inspired by these talks, the youth jumped into their projects as they started editing their films, exploring different music on Audio Jungle, and recording narratives to add onto thier final edits. It was great seeing the different youth taking on different roles as they were racing against time to finish finalizing the editing process for the big unvieling and screening the following day. 

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Huge thanks is due to the media mentors and to our guest speaker for being around the whole day, giving tips and helping the different groups perfect their editing process. 

Stay tuned for our last blog where we unveil the names of the four productions and the amazing posters that the youth designed for their films - in one hour!


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AYV Film Camp - Day 3 - Production

We are exhausted! but more so, we are thrilled as we witnessed the youth take on the streets and locations in Toronto to film their ideas and bring them to life!

The third day started with a production workshop run by the NFB experts where the youth learned more about the importance of light, voice, and camera  movements. They then chose the equipments they needed for their films with the help and support of their media mentors and headed out to the different locations to start shooting their films.

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The youth's faces were full of excitement as they experienced shooting with professional equipment for the first time! With the help and support of their media mentors, they were able to explore creative way of achieving the best shot for their films. We saw them using  tissues and white paper to white-balance, cardboards to reflect light, and skateboards to get the effect of a tracking shot. Some groups went on to film outside in the parks or streets, others chose to shoot in different spaces within the TIG offices and NFB spaces. We saw locations turn into bedrooms, classrooms, and many other scenes that were incorportated into the productions.
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By the end of the day, the youth were tired but buzzing with ideas for the shots, music, and narrations that will be added on as they start editing tomorrow.With all the hard work, creativity, and amazing spirits we saw today, we are pretty sure we are working with future Emmy winners! and we have the picture to prove it!
 

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