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Adobe Youth Voices Program - Adobe Foundation (2009 - 2011)

Larry Achiampong has worked on a variety of projects for the Adobe Foundation's Philanthropy Program in a range of roles including Artist Creative Lead Educator and Centre Mentor with organisations such as children's charity Kids Company, Peckham Settlement and Paddington Arts Centre. Adobe Youth Voices aims to empower youth in underserved communities around the globe with real-world experiences and 21st century tools to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action in their communities.

During Larry’s two years of working for charity Kids Company, he established the filmmaking department (in conjunction with a music making department) and worked on the Adobe Youth Voices program with colleagues Josh King Farlow (music production tutor) and Chris Lewis (DJ-ing tutor) in the media department.

He explains: “Most of the young people I worked with either had little or no qualifications as well as family-related problems. So it would be understandable if one were to wonder what making films was going to do for a young person without qualifications, financial support or even a roof over one’s head (not to mention the constant peer pressure from others)?"

Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large.

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996 with the aim of providing practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children in London.

I STOPPED ME, By Carl Galloway

Untitled, By Mya Talaty

Session-based work at Kids Company

© Larry Achiampong