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Adobe Youth Voices at TakingITGlobal
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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8th UNESCO Youth Forum
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This year I had the opportunity to represent TakingITGlobal and feature Adobe Youth Voices at the UNESCO Youth Forum. The forum took took place between October 29 - 31, 2013 in Paris, France. It brought together 500 young delegates that have called on their member states that attended the 37th General Conference to create autonomous structures in each country to encourage and support youth engagement from now until 2021.

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The main theme of the event was “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development” and delegates also selected 15 Action Projects that received the Youth Forum label, these projects will be put into action by young people from across the world. These projects were submitted by youth organizations from 5 regions of the world and 3 from each region was selected by the young delegates in attendance.

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As an observer I spent most of my time hosting the booth assigned to TakingITGlobal in the Market Place. This was a hub for several different organizations from around the world that work to create positive change all with a focus on youth focused programing. The room was filled with excited young participants eager to learn about TakingITGlobal as well as the Adobe Youth Voices project!

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I decorated our space with print photos, postcards, and bookmarks created by our youth participants. I also included a beautiful pull out banner that highlighted the work done in previous years as part of our “Perspectives” series. I also included the latest technology by bringing and Ipad which allowed me to showcase all the artwork created my our youth in the past.

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Every day, young people from all parts of the world would visit the booth and marvel at the Adobe Youth Voices artwork that was displayed. I had countless requests from youth and observers about how they might get involved and I was happy to tell them that we will be looking to recruit new partners and educators to deliver the program in the coming months. It was incredibly energizing to see participants' reactions to the artwork and to have the opportunity to tell them stories about the youth who worked so hard on the photos and images we exhibited. I distributed hundreds of copies of the magazine - some people took handfuls to share with their communities back home! - hundreds of bookmarks, fliers about TIG and the Adobe Youth Voices DVD compilations.

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The week was a definite success. Besides having the opportunity to share the incredible work of our youth participants, it was an excellent opportunity to connect with many potential partners. The event provided a perfect forum and audience to share the work of our Adobe Youth Voices participants. I look forward to continuing to share the messages expressed through youth media through exciting exhibition opportunities to come!

 

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