Black Eyed Peas opens youth academy

August 11th, 2011 - 9:40 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 11 (IANS) American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas opened a new youth academy in California to encourage underprivileged teens to get involved in the arts.

The hip-hop stars have teamed up with Adobe Youth Voices to launch a series of Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies across the US over the last two years.

The new site in San Jose, which was was unveiled Aug 6, is the fifth facility to be opened by the group. An estimated 300 youngsters are expected to enroll at the academy every year to study film, music and art.

“Every day we are inspired by the immense talent we see in young people. 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,” quoted rapper as saying.

“We are proud to help them make their voices heard,” he added.

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