While the students work on projects to share with local and global
audiences, they also build valuable skills that can open doors to
in the program have created to serve as
inspiration for other students.
Extending the Program’s Reach
Since its inception in 2006, AYV has
engaged more than 64,000 youth and
3,000 educators from 45 countries
in its programs to develop original,
thought-provoking content on a wide
range of issues, including bullying,
domestic violence, climate change,
poverty, eating disorders, and the
impacts of war. The program aims to
reach more than 7,000 educators and
150,000 youth by the end of this year.
One way it strives to do that is
through partnerships. AYV has joined
forces with, and offered grants to,
companies and organizations that
have aligned philanthropic goals,
a focus on visual and multimedia
art, and/or a mission to use or teach
design as a tool to address social is-
sues. Recent partners include the
Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation,
the PBS Foundation, and the Intel
Computer Clubhouse Network. These
partnerships are an effective method
of extending the program’s network,
which allows it to reach more people
in more areas.
Michelle Mann has been
the executive director of the
Adobe Foundation for nearly
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