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Our students attend reception at the House of Commons to highlight the creative talents of young people

posted 12 Nov 2014, 02:50 by Unknown user   [ updated 18 Nov 2014, 00:10 by Phil Broughton ]
On Wednesday 29 October, Richmond Park Academy (RPA) students Patrycja (Year 11) and Avi (Year 10) were invited as Adobe Youth Voice ambassadors by arts charity Eastside Educational Trust to attend a special reception at the House of Commons. 

This parliamentary event, hosted by Meg Hillier MP and David Burrowes MP, was organised to highlight the excellence of young peoples’ digital media work. It was an opportunity for Members of Parliament to hear first-hand from some of the young people about their experience of Adobe Youth Voices. In addition, it gave MPs the chance to learn more about teenagers’ views on how technology and digital skills are transforming young peoples’ futures. 

Our two talented students were selected by the arts charity, together with 6 other young people, to be ambassadors at this prestigious event as the result of their excellent performance at the British Film Institute (BFI), when they presented RPA’s winning Adobe Youth Voices media piece in May.

Avi comments:
“It was an amazing experience to go to the House of Commons. It is so important to raise awareness of the talents of young people and what we are capable of. Such events really do showcase to MPs the quality of work teenagers are producing and how we are able to use technology to achieve this.”

Patrycja adds:
“I feel privileged to have had this opportunity. There are not many 15 year olds that get to go to the House of Commons and take part in the media projects we have been lucky enough to be involved in. It is important that young artists have a voice and to increase awareness about how we are able to do this though media. Events like this give teenagers a positive image and help to show our potential and what contributions we are able to make.”

The Adobe Youth Voices project is one of the extensive extracurricular activities and opportunities we are able to offer our students.

Mr Potapov concludes: “This was such a fantastic opportunity for our students. They worked exceptionally hard on their media piece for Adobe Youth Voices, which was presented at the BFI, and the fact they were selected out of so many other young people to be ambassadors, mixing with MPs, is testament to what wonderful young people they are. We are all very proud of the ambition and creativity of our students.”

Read more at the Richmond & Twickenham Times website.