Timeline Of Some Of The Work I Have Done
2017-2018 || Codecademy
New York, New York
2016-2017 || Vidcode
New York, New York
Working with Vidcode I collaboratively designed and independently developed standards aligned creative coding curriculum for grades 5-12.
The pedagogical framework of the curriculum focuses on empowering students to learn to use code to express themselves and develop a deeper understanding of who they are in the world.
I also contributed to the Vidcode Hour of Code tutorial which had over 200,000 visits during National Computer Science Week.
Pictured here are some of the activities I designed on the Vidcode platform.
Strategic Planning Consultant
2015 || Alameda County Public Health Department
I worked with a public health team developing a county-wide survey to evaluate the integration of behavioral health services across thirty school-based health clinics.
I developed custom digital tools for synthesizing qualitative and quantitative research and analysis of the data; including internal diagrams summarizing survey results, like the one seen here.
I also created a queryable, web-based database of all survey responses.
Adjunct Professor & Artist in Residence
2014-2015 || University of California Santa Barbara-English Department
Working in the English department at UC Santa Barbara, I taught a class called The Poetics of Struggle. The class was offered to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as members of the local community.
The class focused on the ways that language is used as an intervention in reality and included students writing and performing their own poetry in addition to the study of poetry and language in a historical context.
Director of Adolescent Health Education
2007-2014 || Project Reach Youth-Lutheran Family Health Centers
Working with Project Reach Youth, and eventually as a part of Lutheran Family Health Centers, I managed a staff of 15 people and was responsible for directing all educational health programming and services for youth.
I started coordinating the Project SAFE program, which does peer education programming for teens, centered around HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness in Brooklyn. Expanding the work of Project SAFE, I went on to be the director of health education programs that reached over 3,000 young people every year.
Highlights of my work with PRY-LFHC include:
Complementary Strengths community-based participatory research (CBPR) project
The Complementary Strengths Research Project was initiated in 2005 as a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project involving Cornell University, government agencies, and community-based organizations, including the one that I worked at, receiving government support for providing after-school programs for adolescents in New York City. In my role with the Complementary Strengths project, I was a co-author of a publication presented at the 2011 American Public Health Association Conference, “Keeping youth engaged: A qualitative study of factors that promote/deter active participation in urban after-school programs”
Starting The Project Reach Youth-Project SAFE Teen Health Center
The teen health clinic, which we started in 2011, is still running in Park Slope, Brooklyn. You can read more about the clinic and get information about services and appointments at its website here.
Butterfly Award for Outstanding Achievement in HIV/AIDS Prevention NYC
In 2010 I was honored to be selected by the Living Beyond Belief Foundation as a recepient of that year’s Butterfily Award for Outstanding Achievement in HIV/AIDS Prevention in New York City.
Four youth participants in our program were also honored that night