The YouthLearn team develops projects at the intersection of informal learning, 21st century literacy, and creative self-expression. Since 2003, YouthLearn has worked with numerous public and private clients to design programs, develop curriculum, and deliver professional development that provides educators the tools to empower young people and guide them in meaningful learning experiences connected with real world issues. Leveraging deep expertise in the management of complex national and international projects, we tailor content and instructional design to the needs of learners, crafting program strategies that foster powerful learning experiences.
Training & Professional Development
Our team has a distinguished record developing innovative training models in collaboration with a broad range of private and public funders and community partners, such as the Adobe Foundation, National Science Foundation, Massachusetts Department of Education, Mott Foundation, and Noyce Foundation.
Our team is recognized for building relationships and cultivating rich opportunities for collaboration across settings and time zones through a raft of outreach and communications vehicles, including newsletters, profiles, stories from the field, social media, and individual technical assistance.
Program Design & Consultation
Working in close collaboration with organizations, our team develops robust, nuanced programs, tailored to the needs of local communities and their young people.
Our team has produced innovative, field-tested curricula, media, and museum exhibits, for sponsors such as the US Agency for International Development, Verizon Foundation, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Our team has organized impactful face-to-face gatherings and international summits for participants including youth, educators, thought leaders, researchers, practitioners, and funders.
Tony Streit, Senior Project Director, is a nationally recognized expert in media education, youth development, out-of-school time, and informal STEM learning. He is dedicated to helping educators harness 21st-century tools to provide hands-on, student-centered learning that engages, motivates, and inspires young people. Since 2002, Streit has directed EDC’s YouthLearn Initiative, a broad array of research, promising practices, and curricular strategies on community-based, contextual learning. Streit and his team provide professional development, program materials, research, evaluation, and technical assistance to organizations and educators in both formal and nonformal settings. Currently, Streit leads the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), providing materials and training to ensure that all school-age children can access high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that promote their development and academic achievement. In addition to his project work, Streit also serves as the Director of the EDC Chicago office. Before joining EDC, Streit was Co-Founder and Co-Director of Street-Level Youth Media, a Chicago organization that he helped build into a nationally recognized youth development model for digital learning.
Wendy Rivenburgh, Senior Communications Specialist with the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, has twenty years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, and communications. She is committed to cultivating inquiry-based learning experiences and community engagement as tools to empower youth. She joined EDC in 2000 as a content producer and technical assistance liaison for the U.S. Department of Education’s America Connects Consortium, compiling best practices and facilitating online learning opportunities. Subsequently, she authored and edited numerous publications for the NSF ITEST Learning Resource Center, and more recently led the communications efforts for EDC’s Adobe Youth Voices Program Team, capturing interviews with youth and educators on creative media making. Prior to EDC, 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.
Kate Goddard, Training & Technical Assistance Associate, has been developing and implementing technology and media based afterschool programs for over ten years. She joined EDC in 2007 and supported the Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic initiative Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program by providing technical assistance to programs and educators around the globe who are implementing youth media programming. With AYV, she managed grantees, developed and led training for informal and formal educators, and built an online educator community. 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 facilitating creative learning experiences at Phillips Community TV, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Open Media, and at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.
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Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.