Who

  • Father, husband, rock musician, grad student, educator, futurist, designer, and kid whisper. 
  • I have spent the last 20 years designing and implementing multidisciplinary activities with local youth.

Personal Axioms-   

  • If anything goes according to plan, you’re doing something wrong. 
    • Be cognizant and adaptable.  
  • Complacency is the highest form of ignorance. 
    • Be introspective and empathetic.  
  • Prepare our youth for a world that doesn’t exist yet. 
    • Be innovative and use foresight.  
  • Don’t use the power you have as an adult, just because you’re an adult with power.
    • Be accountable and responsible.  
  • Discipline and group management philosophy
    • Fun, Fair, Firm.  
  • I make music, movies, marketing materials amongst many other things.
    • (see below)

Join me as I look to advocate, innovate and educate as the exponential growth of technology engulfs us. 

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Tool Belt

Music/Multimedia

Skills

Community

Curriculum/Training

Awards/Certifications

Hobbies/Inspirations

Education

M.Ed. Instructional Design & Educational Technology

  • University of Utah
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2016-2018

B.S. Developmental Psychology - Sociology

  • Westminster College
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2007-2009

Work

Salt Lake City Corporation

YouthCity

Community Program Manager - 2009-Present

Assistant Program Manager - 2004-2009


YouthCity is Salt Lake City’s afterschool and summer program for local youth ages 8-14. YouthCity fosters positive youth development in Salt Lake City, by providing out of school opportunities for social, emotional, skills, character, and citizenship development in an inclusive and caring environment.


Job Duties

Manage 

  • Daily programming and logistics for up to 70 local youth and their families. 
  • Plan, develop and implement community activities, including programs, events, staffing, scheduling, and budget administration.

Curriculum Development

  • Create, innovate, and develop curriculum for ages 8-14.
  • Consult with staff on their curriculum.
  • Design instruction. 

Fund-Raising and Publicity 

  • Programming events and activities
  • Communicates philosophy, goals and results to external sources and community partners.

Research, Write and Submit

  • Grant proposals to sustain long-term viability of community programs. 
  • Annual compliance and reporting on grants earned.

Demographic data

  • Maintain, prepare and analyze.
  • Conduct needs analysis.
  • Set program goals and monitor/evaluate program effectiveness. 
  • Track program statistics and other business-related operations data.

Partnership Compliance

  • Prepare, issue and track partnership/ artist’s agreements and serve as project contact for each agreement.

Community Partners

  • Develop and maintains successful relationships.
  • Coordinate with various community-based groups, agencies, schools, committees and other organizations to plan and develop programs to benefit residents and maximize participation.

Supervise

  • Staff, seasonal workers, and volunteers, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation. 
  • Initiates corrective and/or disciplinary action, as necessary.

Conflict Resolution

  • Responds to patron complaints and resolves problems.

Goal

  • Assessment and creation of innovative, inclusive and engaging programming, preparing for jobs that don’t exist yet. 

Accomplishments  

  • Community Chair – Liberty Park Partners in the Park.  
  • Speaker at the Utah Afterschool Networks Biannual Jumpstart and Recharge conferences. Topics include
    • Character Education Best Practices
    • Future Generations
    • Speaking (Generation) Z
  • Implementation of annual CityVille adult simulation experience. Culminating in YouthCity Comic Con.
  • Civic Engagement Liaison for the YouthCity-Westminster College Young Adult/Young Adolescent program. 
  • Partnership coordination in conjunction with-
    • University of Utah
    • Westminster College
    • Wasatch Community Garden
    • Salt Lake County
    • Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
    • KRCL
    • Salt Lake City School District
    • Salt Lake City Corporation. 

Salt Lake Boarding School - Skate 4 Homies

Spring - 2012

Grant Writer

$30,000 ASPIRE Grant Award

Americorps

2008-2009

Autism Intervention

ABA Therapist 2006-2008

Salt Lake City School District

Meadowlark Elementary - Youth Advocate

2001-2004

Emerson Elementary - Paraprofessional

1998-2001

Biography

1978-1987 - Salt Lake City, Ut.

I was born in Salt Lake City. I'm the oldest of 5. 

1987-1991 - Englewood, Co.

Grew an affinity for sports, and a love of the Denver Broncos.

1991-1993 - Guyaquil, Ecuador

Chiquita Banana moved our family south of the equator. Hablo español. 

1993-1994 - San Pedro, Honduras

Roatán is gorgeous when you're 16. Honduras was integral in my beginnings as a musician. 

1994-Present - Salt Lake City, Ut.

I graduated from Tooele High School in 1996. Went to the University of Utah at the age of 18. I wasn't ready. I worked entry level jobs, and looked for a path. I eventually stumbled into afterschool programming, Autism intervention and Adolescent Development.

Personal

Wife - Nicole 

Son - Julian, 3

Daughter - Olivia, 1 mo.

Musings

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Contact

Biography


Experience


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