Youth Media Project celebrates youth voice through professional development; co-creating curricula and co-facilitating the creation of youth-produced media with partner organizations. At our core is positive youth development and civic engagement. Through partnerships with schools, colleges, social action teams, performing arts and broadcast venues, young people learn the craft of communications and how to address local and global issues affecting their lives. Through academic curricula, technical training, community involvement, radio broadcasts and web development, youth form creative and meaningful expression to reflect and impact the world.
Please visit our Highlights page to read, listen and view samples of the creative and original work of YMP.
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Executive Director
. Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz is an educator, cultural worker, oral historian and mother-scholar. Mi’Jan Celie brings over 15 years of experience in hybrid, community based multicultural education, research and curriculum design in California and New Mexico schools, colleges, community based organizations and universities. In 2014 Mi’Jan Celie was named an Ashoka U Foundation Scholar and awarded an Omega Institute Women’s Leadership Residency. Mi’Jan Celie holds a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education, a Masters of Arts in Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Mi’Jan Celie serves on the Board of Directors with KSFR, on the advisory board with South by Southwest edu (SxSWedu), and is an adviser on the planning effort for the Gloria Steinem and Wilma Mankiller School for Organizers. Learn more about Mi’Jan Celie by watching the Academy for the Love of Learning’s video “Leading by Being
Katy Gross, Director of Programming
, is a native Santa Fean who received her Masters Degree in Art Education from NYU in the winter of 2010. She taught during and since that time as an instructor in documentary photography and assisted in curricular development in various arts programs in New York City. Katy graduated from Brown University in 2005, where she studied International Development. Her senior thesis focused on the use of documentary film and photography to promote democracy in Latin America. She studied photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and in the Documentary Studies program at the former College of Santa Fe. Katy is a freelance photographer and multimedia producer in addition to her work in education, and her work can be viewed at katygross.com
. She believes very much in the power of storytelling and is thrilled that she has been given the opportunity to help young people tell their stories.
Luke Carr, Production Coordinator
, is a multifaceted producer of music, of media, and is an award-winning musician and composer. Luke co-founded AT7000.com
in 2012, a live music video series based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which catalogs both local musicians and musicians traveling through the high desert region. Currently, Luke leads and manages the multimedia sci-fi rock entourage, Storming The Beaches With Logos In Hand
, which debuted at Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival in June of 2014. In 2008, Luke earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University and has studied music in many realms, including at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design. With a variety of technical skills and an artistic outlook, Luke brings a fresh perspective of media and it’s applications to Youth Media Project and to the youth media makers of the community.
Jason Goodyear, Director of Media and Technology
, is a media composer, musician, designer, sound artist and teacher who has worked with media and technology in one format or another for more than 20 years. Teaching is part of Jason’s family heritage and is something of which he is both passionate and proud. Jason teaches audio production, film related and computer-based music performance classes at the Media Arts Department at Santa Fe Community College. He holds a degree in Anthropology and this study, particularly the practice of ethnographic interviewing, informs his work and brings a sense of story to everything he does. His work can be found online at mediaslinger
. He is a member of the art collective Parallel Flux. Learn more about Jason
Judy Goldberg, Founder/Executive Director
, launched Youth Media Project in 2003. She holds a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and moved to New Mexico in 1978. After attending the Anthropology Film School, Judy started her career as an independent video producer and as a New Mexico Arts Division (now NM Arts) Artist-in-Residence. Judy produced and hosted Back Roads Radio, a radio series featuring writers and storytellers, airing on three public radio stations, covering New Mexico and southern Colorado. Youth Media Project grew out of Drawing from the Well: Connecting School to Community
, a program Judy initiated in Peñasco, NM in collaboration with the Museum of New Mexico and other non-profits. It was adopted by The Regenerative History Project at the New Mexico Office of the State Historian as a blueprint for students to record community histories and create radio stories. Judy has served as adjunct faculty at the Santa Fe Community College and as a peer reviewer for the Youth Media Reporter (http://www.youthmediareporter.org/), an on-line publication for youth media practitioners and academicians. Learn more about Judy and listen to an interview
on “Business Matters” by Simon Brackley on KTRC, 1260 am.
Miles Tokunow, served as Production Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
, graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in May 2010. During his time studying Music, Dance and Anthropology at Wesleyan, Miles was able to bring together his diverse academic and artistic interests. He focused on experimental music and dance, ethnographic film, and autoethnography, the culmination of which was a multimedia dance solo and 150 page honors thesis he performed and wrote about his being adopted. Growing up in Los Angeles, Miles has an extensive history with performing and practicing multiple forms of dance (esp. Butoh) and music (percussion and computer). Miles’ father, a motion picture sound mixer, allowed him to frequently be an assistant boom operator for feature films. His love for and experience in sound, autoethnography and children make him very grateful to be able to do the work he does with Youth Media Project. Miles continues to work with YMP through the Global Leadership Forum – UWC-USA, as he pursues his Masters Degree in Media Arts and Technology at NM Highlands University. Learn more about Miles
Carmen Gallegos, served as Mentorship and Outreach Coordinator
, is a youth media producer and college student. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, she immigrated to the United States as a young child. During her freshman year at Capital High School in Santa Fe, she started working with Judy Goldberg as the first participant of Youth Media Project. During her six years with Youth Media Project as a student, AmeriCorps Vista volunteer, and youth instructor, Carmen has participated in live improvisational radio dramas, hosted Audio Revolution shows, and created narratives about her heritage. Carmen’s radio stories have been picked up by national radio programs (through Public Radio Exchange and National Public Radio’s Showcase) and prompted invitations to attend the Global Youth Leadership Institute in Mystic, Connecticut, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia, as a youth radio producer. After graduating from West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, Carmen is focusing on a college degree in elementary education and working with students at Youth Media Project. Carmen continues to pursue her studies in teaching at Santa Fe Community College. Learn more about Carmen
Eliot Fisher, served as Production Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer
, is a media producer, composer, and teacher from Santa Fe. He has Bachelor’s degrees in Film Studies from Wesleyan University (where he was awarded the Leavell Memorial Film Prize) and in Documentary Studies from the College of Santa Fe, where he went on to teach in and serve as coordinator of the Documentary Certificate Program. His video projects include ethnographic work
with Yaqui Indians in Sonora, Mexico, Power on the River
, a short documentary about the impacts of a hydroelectric dam on a rural Brazilian community, and Santa Fe Lucky 7
, a student-produced showcase of international artists participating in an exhibition in Santa Fe. He has composed music for a diverse group of ensembles for live performance and short films, as well as writing the book and music for eight original musical comedies, many of which he directed. Eliot continues to work in partnership with YMP through his full time faculty position at Santa Fe Prep. Learn more about Eliot
Gabriel Rima, served as Mentor and Outreach Coordinator
, is a Santa Fe raised rapper, spoken word artist, networker, world traveler, mentor, and educator. After graduating Monte del Sol Charter School in 2011, he spent some time backpacking in South America and attending the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), experiences which both broadened his mind and built some serious leadership skills. Gabriel has years of experience with Youth Media Project, and in the non-profit sector in general. He worked with the local non-profit, Earthcare, as a community organizer and a liaison to Youth Media Project, producing a bi-weekly segment on Youth Media Project’s Audio Revolution! entitled “Seeds of Sound.” He worked with a non-profit called the Sustainable Global Leadership Alliance in the Summer of 2010, co-facilitating a 9 week intensive program centered around non-violent communication, emotional self-awareness, environmental stewardship, community involvement, and conscious world traveling. Gabe co-facilitated two clubs at Monte del Sol, entitled “Becoming You” and “Let’s Talk about Sex,” each working with young teens around the themes of self-image and leadership.
Board of Directors
Brenda J. Stewart, Co-Chair, holds a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership and is currently the Director of Trauma and Medical Education at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Brenda has previous board experience supporting youth and women’s issues in Canada. As a Registered Nurse, Brenda embraces those community initiatives, which encourage health and wellness, and creative expression.
Tony Gerlicz, Co-Chair, has been in education for 35 years as a teacher, administrator and educational entrepreneur locally and globally. He was the Founder and Head Learner of the Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, the Director of the American School of Warsaw, Poland and most recently the founding Principal Learner of the Mandela International Magnet School . He sees the Youth Media Project as an excellent educational vehicle to not only develop focus, literacy and production skills but to provide a means for young people to tell stories that engage and inspire our community.
Adah Burke, Treasurer, was raised in New Mexico and has a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico. She is currently employed as a Programmer Analyst at Thornburg Investment Management. Her favorite thing about Youth Media Project is the outlet that it provides for the youth of New Mexico to express themselves in a healthy and creative way.
Carmen J. Lopez, Secretary, was born and raised in New Mexico. She has a MA in Public Policy, with a focus in Education, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Politics and Women’s Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She is the Money in Politics-Policy Officer with the Thornburg Foundation. Previously she worked as the Data, Research and Policy Director for America Votes, NM Highlands University and the U.S. Department of Education.
Adele Oliveira was raised in Santa Fe and is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on arts and culture journalism. Before going freelance, Adele was a reporter at The Santa Fe New Mexican, where she edited the teen section, Generation Next. Adele has a BA in English from Vassar College and an MA in journalism from New York University.
John R. Przyborowski teaches English at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe. He has been involved with Youth Media Project for a number of years, notably as a Production Coordinator and as teacher of MDS’ Radio Arts class. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from San Francisco State University and is currently completing a Masters of Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
Louise Yakey is a Masters-prepared professional science educator who has taught at both the high school and college levels in New York State and New Mexico. She will finish a Masters in public administration at UNM next year. While teaching at Capital High School, she was hired to be the coordinator of the Healthcare Exploration Program (HEP) at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. HEP is an innovative program that allows Santa Fe County high school students to experience careers in healthcare. The primary educational approach of the program includes authentic experiences in clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital and participation in discussions with content area specialists.