Kafi-Ayanna Allah is a professional librarian working for Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, North Carolina as the Adult and Teen Program Coordinator. She works to create and facilitate programming for patrons from middle school age to elders. Much of her work with youth is centered on the Teen Advisory Board, a group of young people who act as liaisons between the teens in the community and Library staff to ensure that it is a welcoming, nonjudgmental space for teens and teen expression as well as a resource for information of particular interest to teens.
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As an Oregon local, I have dedicated my career path to working with various community organizations. I consider myself to...
A Southerner, salsa lover, type enthusiast, traveller, and perfectionist, Julia manages NOVAC’s Born Digital Youth Media Program. Operating at the intersection of design and programming to create new learning experiences for young people and adults alike, the Born Digital Youth Media Program develops young future creatives, ages 8 to 24, from diverse background in South Louisiana who can use digital media training opportunities to develop high wage and low barrier entry to careers.
Crystal Cavalier-Keck is the Optical Communications Global Information Security Officer at Corning, Inc, in Hickory, NC. Crystal is a water advocate and activist, motivational speaker, the founder of Saponi Stickball Association and showing youth the importance of the preservation of their ancestral lands and traditions. Crystal graduated with a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Services from UNC-Pembroke in May 2011.
Lee Edwards is a multimedia/digital journalist who recently became the program manager of The Real Chi, an experimental "learning newsroom" based in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood for enterprising young adult journalists.Prior to joining the Free Spirit Media, Lee spent the last six years as a digital journalist covering a wide spectrum of news beats across the Chicagoland region as a former reporter with Block Club Chicago, The Chicago Defender, Austin Weekly News, and Times Republic.
Aimee Espiritu, M. Ed launched Espiritu Consulting in October 2017 based on her 10 years of experience providing Management in the Arts as well as Strategic Planning and Partnerships, for non-profit organizations and school districts. Prior to this, Aimee was an Arts Educator and Administrator for 14 years with a primary focus of engaging young people in classrooms, museums and arts programs through creative youth development, curriculum design, exhibit development, and peer-to-peer training.
Jalena Keane-Lee is a director, dp, and producer, dedicated to democratizing storytelling through uplifting underrepresented voices behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Jalena is the co-founder of Breaktide Productions, an all women of color video production company that has created national campaigns for clients like Nike, Bright Pink, and THINX, as well as producing original short films. She is a 2018 NeXt Doc Fellow and a 2018 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, which has supported shorts that have premiered at SXSW, HotDocs, and Sundance. Jalena is directing a documentary short highlighting the mother daughter relationships of the Ku Kia’i Mauna, native Hawaiian activists standing for their sacred mountain, Mauna Kea.
Kate Elizabeth Fowler is a photographer and filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia. She is currently working on a project entitled Confederates in the Attic: A Revisitation, an exploration of Southern & Confederate rhetoric in 2015. Kate holds a BFA in Photography & Filmmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and was the director of the Appalachian Media Institute, a project of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Recently, Kate worked as the program coordinator of Magnum Foundation's Photography, Expanded initiative, which investigates documentary practice at the intersection of social justice and technology. She co-curated and produced their 2015 Photography, Expanded symposium at Parsons The New School for Design.
Seth Gadsden is an artist, filmmaker, and the current director of Indie Grits Labs in Columbia, SC. Focusing on public art, documentary filmmaking, and media installations, Seth has exhibited his personal work across the US and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC. His work has been featured in Vimeo Staff Picks, the Tribeca Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and the Blackstar Film Festival amongst others. Through Indie Grits Labs, Seth has curated a range of projects and produced works with over 80 artists including documentary films and new media projects over the past five years.
Yolanda Gamble is the Youth Media Specialist for the Austin Film Society. She specifically oversees all youth programs including AFS Film Club After School and Summer @ Austin Public camp . Previous to joining AFS, she was a Program Manager for a nonprofit organization in San Antonio, Texas, overseeing their afterschool and summer camp programs located inside a city-owned community center. She holds an Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.