Tony Streit, Director of the YouthLearn Initiative at Education Development Center, is an experienced filmmaker, media artist and instructor who has designed and led project-based learning activities with youth and educators for over twenty years. Prior to joining EDC, he was Co-Founder and Co-Director of Street-Level Youth Media in Chicago, an organization that he helped build into a nationally recognized model for information technology access and the media arts. His work with youth has garnered numerous awards including two Emmy nominations and the inaugural Coming Up Taller Award from the Clinton Administration. For the last 15 years, Tony has been an active member of Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet), where he served for six years as a board member and Treasurer. Tony has also served as an advisor to the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition, the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning, the Informal Learning in Science and Afterschool Project, and the Ready to Learn Partnership. Tony is a frequent speaker on youth development, community technology and alternative media.
Wendy Rivenburgh, an associate with the YouthLearn Initiative, has years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, and communications. Her interests include innovations in informal learning, such as inquiry-based projects, and the application of technology to educational programming. Wendy initially joined the community technology group at Education Development Center in 2000 as an Education Specialist on the America Connects Consortium staff. In this capacity, she managed the AT&T Young Leaders Program. Previously, Wendy taught English literature and writing courses at the high school and college level, and worked with young people in academic enrichment and other extra-curricular activities. She has also served as a communications professional with nonprofit educational organizations. Wendy holds a master's degree in the humanities.
Deidre Searcy, EDC Senior Associate, is a media educator and arts education expert with 20 years of experience developing in and out-of-school curriculum. Just prior to joining EDC, she was Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. She has a Masters in Arts Education from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her previous efforts include work for Street-Level Youth Media, the Community Film Workshop and the Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, frequently working to position media arts as a catalyst for change in inner city schools. Her work with youth has garnered recognition from the National Black Programming Consortium and the National Media Education Association and she served for many years as a board member of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.
Kate Goddard, EDC Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, has been developing and implementing technology and media based afterschool programs for the past seven years. Before joining the EDC team, Kate was working as a Program Director for the Community Technology Empowerment Project, managing and training AmeriCorps members on how to integrate media and technology into existing community technology centers. Additionally, she has experience working with youth and creating media at Phillips Community TV, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Open Media, and at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.