The Black Eyed Peas unveiled the new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at MACLA in San Jose on Saturday.

Earlier this year, Adobe Youth Voices and the Peapod Foundation announced Year 2 of their partnership with a new academy opening at the Urban Arts Partnership in New York City.

The new site at MACLA in San Jose is now the 5th in a series of academies that have been launched by Adobe Youth Voices in partnership with the Peapod Foundation, since 2009.

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 September 2011, programs and services will be offered for youth ages 13-18. An estimated 300 youth are expected to participate in the academy annually.

“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.”

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