WHO WE ARE

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.

Staff

Judy Goldberg, Founder and Executive Director
is an educator, video and audio producer, and consultant bringing over 30 years of experience in developing communication arts education programs to New Mexico schools and colleges. Judy is the producer and host of Back Roads Radio, featuring writers and storytellers on public radio stations in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and the upper Rio Grande region. She has guided hundreds of youth media productions and produced video and radio shows about social, environmental, instructional and cultural issues. Judy initiated, facilitated and developed Drawing from the Well: Connecting School to Community, a curriculum integrating oral histories, applied learning and broadcasting. The Regenerative History Project at the New Mexico Office of the State Historian has adopted Drawing from the Well for students to record community histories. Judy serves as an adjunct faculty at the Santa Fe Community College and as a peer reviewer for the Youth Media Reporter, an on-line and print publication for youth media practitioners and academicians. Learn more about Judy and listen to an interview on Santa Fe’s Chamber of Commerce Director Simon Brackley’s show, “Business Matters,” on KTRC, 1260 am, a Hutton Broadcasting station.
Katy GrossKaty Gross, Education Coordinator
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 power of documentary film and photography in promoting 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. 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.
Erica Kramer, Production Coordinator and AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Intern
graduated from Oberlin College in 2006 with degrees in English Literature and Studio Art. After completing her degree Erica entered the field of Art Education. Locally, she has interned with the Georgia O’Keeffe Art and Leadership program and has worked as an Outreach Educator in the Santa Fe Public Schools for the Museum of International Folk Art. She has pursued additional education and training in the field of radio and storytelling and is a recent graduate of the Transom Story Workshop, an intensive radio making seminar. In addition to her work with Youth Media Project, Erica works as a freelance radio producer. Originally from Portland, Maine Erica caught the radio bug back in the year 2000 as a teen participant in the Blunt Youth Radio Project. She is very excited to bring her life-long love of radio and storytelling to the youth of Santa Fe.
Gabriel Rima, 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.
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, prettylittlepaw and santafeSound. He is a member of the art collective Parallel Flux. Learn more about Jason.
Michael Chavez, Director of Production and Distribution
is a native New Mexican and followed his passion for music all the way to Full Sail, a media arts school in Orlando FL. There he received a degree in Recording Arts in 2000 and stayed on after graduation as a Protools instructor. After returning to New Mexico in 2002, Michael became the head engineer at Santa Fe’s premier recording studio where he was given the opportunity to work with many national and international artists and producers. Michael’s talents have taken him from California to Beijing and he now works as a freelance music producer in addition to his work with Youth Media Project. Learn more about Michael.

Alumni and Advisors

Miles Tokunow,  Production Coordinator 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, 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
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.

Board of Directors

Marcia Brenden, President, Post Baccalaureate Program Developer for the College of Education, Northern New Mexico College. I am involved in supporting YMP because it teaches young people the skills and the dispositions to gather and shape their own important stories and those of others in the world. I’m a cultural anthropologist and teacher who understands that we all see and understand the world through our cultural stories and it is through those stories that we connect.
Buddy Espinosa, Senior Manager, Beaver Toyota
Tony Gerlicz has been in education for 35 years as a teacher, administrator and entrepreneur locally and globally. He was the Founder and Head Learner of the Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe and most recently the Director of the American School of Warsaw, in Warsaw, Poland. 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 the stories that engage our community.
Maria Guadalupe Treviso Espinosa, International Affairs, Beaver Toyota
Carmen J. Lopez, a New Mexico native, has a Master in Public Policy, with a focus in Education, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She worked as the Senior Program Director with Boston Public Schools’ High School Renewal Office, taught English and Technology for the Higher Achievement Program and worked for the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary Education office. Carmen facilitates professional development, focusing on cultural competency, as well as on the intersection of education, advocacy and policy.
Mark Martinez, Northern Operations Manager, PNM.
Brenda Stewart, Program Manager, Trauma & Acute Care Surgery at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center is a strong proponent of both health and youth initiatives. Brenda supports and encourages opportunities for positive and creative expression.
Noel M. Valencia, Treasurer, is a New Mexico native. Noel is the Relationship Manager at Los Alamos National Bank with 22 years as a banking professional and a focus on private financial services, business development and community outreach. Noel is a 2008 Graduate of Western States School of Banking and 2012 Graduate of Leadership Santa Fe. Her community service experience includes past Board membership with Open Hands and Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club. Presently, Noel is an active volunteer with the Santa Fe Teen Court.

Advisors

Ellen Biderman, Co-founder of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and educational consultant in early childhood education. Ellen’s involvement in local and state government, plus expertise in program development helps guide YMP’s growth.
Joey Chavez is a professional actor, director, playwright and head of the Performing Arts Department at Santa Fe High School for 15 years.  Starting in academic year 2010-2011, Joey will be the head of the Theater Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts, where a partnership with YMP will continue.
Anne Farrell, Founding chair of the Media Arts Program at the Santa Fe Community College, 1992-2007. Anne is a local media artist and owner of VideoGraphicArts. She continues to counsel the development of the Youth Media Project.
Kelly Huber is a Public Art Project Coordinator for New Mexico Arts and was the Executive Director for the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association for five years. She is a skilled non-profit administrator holding a Master’s degree in Organization Management for the School for International Training.
Diane Karp, Executive Director of Santa Fe Art Institute.
Meredith Machen is an educator and social justice advocate. President of both the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County and Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, she focuses on building community leadership and economic development.
Sue Sturtevant, Ed.D, previously Director of Statewide Partnerships for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. She is a former Chair of the Santa Fe Arts Commission and on the ArtWorks Committee that provides visual and performing arts training for public schools. Sue currently resides in Portland, ME and runs Creative Consulting for the Arts.