For the first time since its 1994 inception, SAY Sí — San Antonio's successful out-of-school time creative youth development organization, is going global.
Last week, the organization announced Project Papalote, where staff and youth will travel to "Boston, Massachusetts; Salt Lake City, Utah; Mexico City, Mexico, and Kolkata, India, to work with other youth development organizations to collaboratively create media projects that focus on the theme of identifying borders and breaking boundaries."
SAY Sí also announced new program support from The Santikos Charitable Foundation, the Department for Culture and Creative Development and Adobe's corporate responsibility initiative, Project 1324.
The youth developmental organization is one of seven international entities chosen to receive Adobe's first Creative Catalyst Award, which provides SAY Sí with Adobe's Creative Cloud software, and students get the ability to apply for the company's Creativity Scholarship Program, which provides full-ride education grants for youth who pursue a creative path in college.
Additionally, the Department for Culture and Creative Development, working with the International Relations Office, sponsored five students who will attend the annual Sister Cities Youth Leadership Summit in July. During the four-day summit, Sister Cities International "empowers young people to think globally; spurring a new generation of citizen diplomats who become instrumental in promoting peace, mutual respect, and prosperity.
The Santikos Charitable Foundation awarded SAY Sí a John Santikos Passion Grant so it can strengthen its film and media programs with new equipment and more supplies for students.
“We are grateful and honored to receive this new support,” Jon Hinojosa, SAY Sí artistic/executive director, says in a press release. “One of our priorities as an organization is to remind the urban youth we work with that they are changemakers. This support galvanizes and ignites our commitment to them, for they are the next generation of creative leaders for our city, country and the world.”