The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation & Adobe Foundation Unveil New Academy for San Jose Youth

Music and Multimedia Academy Fosters Community Involvement and Digital Literacy Among Young People

The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation and the Adobe Foundation announced a new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices music and multimedia academy for youth in San Jose, Calif.

The new academy expands on the network of existing academies in New York, Los Angeles, Oakland and Redwood City, Calif. Through their Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies, the two foundations provide professional-grade and curriculum technologies for art, dance, music and video production to underserved youth, helping to cultivate confidence, creativity and self-expression.

Located at 510 South First Street, the academy will be housed in a facility operated by Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA), an organization promoting visual, literary and performance art as a vehicle for civic dialogue and social equity. The collaboration between The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation, Adobe Youth Voices (the signature program of the Adobe Foundation) and MACLA will focus on empowering youth to find their voice and become agents of social change in addition to learning important digital literacy skills. Beginning Sept. 2011, programs and services will be offered for youth ages 13-18. An estimated 300 youth are expected to participate in the academy annually.

Six-time Grammy Award-winning recording artists The Black Eyed Peas — will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie — will join Adobe Foundation officials in unveiling the new San Jose academy at a private ceremony on Aug. 6. The Peapod Foundation was established in 2007 to help provide music and arts education as a means to serve underserved youth throughout the world.

“We are very excited to be part of the growing network of Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies,” said Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, executive director, MACLA. “The collaboration with the Peapod Foundation and Adobe Foundation will provide invaluable support to our mission of engaging youth through visual, literary and performance arts programs to initiate civic dialogue on important topical issues and encourage transformation in our communities.”

“Every day we are inspired by the immense talent we see in young people,” said will.i.am. “The Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies provide these youth with opportunities to advance their artistic and academic skills and channel their creative energy in ways we can only imagine. We are proud to help them make their voices heard.”

“These youth are at a crucial point in their lives — at the intersection of self discovery and recognizing their potential,” said Miguel Salinas, senior manager, Adobe Youth Voices. “Our partnership with the Peapod Foundation has enabled us to help these youth realize what’s important to them while arming them with the essential means to become positive and productive members of society.”