Trained as a journalist at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Steve has taught media in high schools and universities, has produced documentaries, written Teaching Youth Media: Literacy, Video Production & Social Change, and numerous articles about media and education.
Bria is a youth advocate and media educator, who believes in storytelling as a tool of empowerment. She has worked with organizations such as the Jacob Burns Film Center, Girls Inc. of CNY, and Liberty LEADS. Bria holds her MA in Media and Education from Syracuse University.
Zoe works to expand viewership of EVC's youth media archive. She previously supported communications and development at at Electronic Arts Intermix, holds a BA in Anthropology & Film from Vassar College, and an MFA in Fine Arts from PennDesign.
Jessie is a multi-media artist and filmmaker, activist, and youth arts educator. She is deeply committed to storytelling as a site for healing, joy, transformation and liberation. She holds a BA in Film and Television Production from NYU.
Gil is a filmmaker and writer with a strong belief in the power of storytelling to enhance the social dialogue. He has partnered with Harlem Renaissance High School to produce short films profiling current students, graduates, and teen mothers. At EVC Gil teaches documentary production and supports management of video equipment and archives.
Laura is an educator, researcher and author. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a Fulbright recipient, she researched urban youth living in high conflict areas and social entrepreneurship aimed at social inclusion. She is passionate about empowering urban youth through innovative educational experiences.
Leslie is a recognized film industry professional whose credits include Editor, Camera Operator and Post-Supervisor for Narrative, Documentary and Educational Film/Video. Her clients include The Culinary Institute of America, Metro Arts, WNET 13, and Schlessinger Media. She was Editor for the documentary, For Love of Julian. She holds an MFA in Film from NYU.
Recently shifting gears in becoming a youth media educator, Omar brings over a decade of experience in film and television to EVC. He's edited for ABC News; worked in various capacities on nationally broadcast documentaries; worked as a freelance videographer/editor for a small TV station; and, fresh out of film school, taught a cinema arts elective to high school seniors.
Emmanuel Garcia comes to New York as an educator from Southern California. His focus is in facilitating engaging academic spaces for students to critically explore their environment. He has an MA in the Sociology of Education from NYU and is currently a sociology instructor for CUNY. Emmanuel is a media and instructional coach at EVC, guiding NYC teachers to incorporae video-project based pedagogy in their classrooms.
Jon Mayer is a filmmaker and teaching artist with a decade of experience working inside New York City public schools. He runs a filmmaking internship program in Red Hook, Brooklyn that connects young filmmakers with local businesses to create short industrial videos. As a director, his work has over 1 million combined views online and has been written up by Jezebel, The Hairpin, and Splitsider.com.
Ines is a graduate of EVC’s Youth Doc Workshop and YO-TV. At YO-TV, she co-produced ‘Still Standing,’ a documentary about the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Her experience at YO-TV helped her realized her passion to fight for social justice through filmmaking. This experience led her to obtain her BA in Fine Arts with a focus in filmmaking. Her passion for filmmaking and social justice steered her in the path to pursue a MA in Social Work, concentrating on community organizing, planning, and development.