Formerly Deputy Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center, Ambreen has extensive background in social justice, community service, and innovative media programs including Magnum Photos, Associated Press, and PixelPress. Passionate about youth development, youth media, and trauma-informed care she received her M.S. degree with a concentration in media and culture from the New School.
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.
Meryl is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator. Throughout her
teaching and art making, Meryl commits to asking questions and delving deeper
into ideas to explore alternative ways of seeing and thinking. She has taught art,
photography, and filmmaking to students ranging in age from elementary school
through adulthood across New York City. Meryl holds an MFA in Studio Art from
the School of The Art Institute of Chicago as well as an MAT in Art Education
from School of Visual Arts.
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 youth living in high conflict urban areas and social entrepreneurship aimed at social inclusion. She is passionate about empowering youth through innovative educational experiences.
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.
Amanda Adams-Louis is a photo-based artist, youth mentor, media art educator, and cultural producer. She has exhibited work at The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, Corridor Gallery, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art. She has created, facilitated and coordinated media arts enrichment and programs in partnership with the YWCA of New York City, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Creative Art Works, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. She holds BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and attended the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.
Donal is an Irish filmmaker and teaching artist with 6 years experience working in NYC’s public schools. He has directed dozens of widely screened shorts and two feature films. He has received the Discovery Award from Dublin Film Critics Circle and was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the Irish Film & TV Academy Awards.
Janelle is a graduate of Brooklyn College (CUNY) with her B.A. in TV Production and Women's Studies.She has worked in the field of TV Production for over 15 years in various capacities. She has produced several TV programs & Web series of her own and has been a New Media Teaching Artist for almost a decade, teaching for various organizations and high schools throughout NYC with a strong concentration in social change and community development.
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.
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.
Raelene co-produced “Breathing Easy,” with EVC’s Youth Doc Workshop in 2012, a documentary about the environmental hazards of public housing. She now supports teachers in the Professional Development Program and holds an A.A.S. in New Media Technology from LaGuardia Community College.
Rahath is an integrated digital designer and brand specialist. She has a background in working with nonprofit organizations to elevate their brands and further their missions. Outside of EVC, Rahath runs her own design practice. She holds a BS in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University.
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.