TechSpace and Foróige today announced that a Dublin ‘TechSpacer’ is the proud recipient of the Adobe Foundation’s annual Creativity Scholarship which will fund his 3rd level education fees for

18 ­year­ old, Jessy Kalala, recipient of the Adobe Foundation’s annual Creativity Scholarship

18 ­year­ old, Jessy Kalala, recipient of the Adobe Foundation’s annual Creativity Scholarship

the duration of his chosen course.

18 ­year­ old Jessy Kalala, a young creative from Foróige’s Computer Clubhouse in Blanchardstown was one of 25 students from 12 countries selected for this years class of Adobe Creativity Scholars. Young filmmakers, social entrepreneurs and artists like Jessy were selected in recognition of their strong academic performance, leadership, global awareness and creativity.

This scholarship represents one of many positive outcomes of the collaborative work being carried out by the TechSpace national movement, including organisations like Camara Ireland and Foróige, all striving to make major improvements to the digital literacy of our young people and the evolution of our education systems. The Adobe Foundation is proving to be an excellent partner to TechSpace, supporting their educator training programs as well as providing the university scholarship.

Jessy Kalala, a TechSpace participant and 2015 Creativity Scholarship recipient said:

“I’m going to be starting my degree in Commercial Modern Music in DIT in September and I’m extremely excited. Getting this scholarship has opened so many doors of opportunity up for me. I’m really excited to start college in September now knowing I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to pay for it.”

TechSpace, a programme hosted by the social enterprise Camara Ireland, is the Irish network partner of the Adobe Foundation. It delivers the AYV program to young people and educators throughout Ireland.

Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation, is one of the founding members of TechSpace which is now facilitated in Foróige clubs and projects across the nation.

“Today’s young creatives have unprecedented influence on the world around them. They are igniting discussions on social and environmental issues with creativity that can transcend global boundaries. Using digital story making, they can translate personal experiences and perspectives into media that has the power to create real change in communities around the world” Patricia Cogley ­ Senior manager of Adobe Youth Voices (AYV).

Siobhan Hennessy, Jessy’s AYV Educator, Youth Worker and Co­ordinator of Foróige Computer Clubhouse’s ‘TechSpace’ in Blanchardstown said:

“The Techspace AYV Programme allows me as an educator to work with extremely talented young people on a daily basis. We provide the space, the skills and the technology, enabling them to take their creativity one step further so they can express themselves through using the best tools technology has to offer. We have programmes in every aspect of multi­media and are now offering opportunities for young people to explore making, coding and electronic arts.

Jessy’s time spent in the Techspace AYV Program has had a great impact on his ability to write songs and compose lyrics and music in a way that makes people stop and listen. Jessy’s enthusiasm and passion for song­writing and music production is infectious amongst younger members and his audience. I wish him every success in his College Degree and no doubt a successful music career!”