Samuel is a passionate educator, advocate, and social worker who engages youth through alternative programming to encourage at-risk youth to tackle challenging areas of interest. Samuel has experience using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), strength-based, peer mentorship, positive youth development, and play education models to engage with youth.
Samuel recently served two years as a part-time member with AmeriCorps (a government program that does Peace Corps like service within the United States). During this time, he assisted in the creation and development of safe, comfortable, and enriching spaces for youth to develop socially, emotionally, and academically. His AmeriCorps service was completed under the Multilingual Leadership Corps (MLC) which places members in schools and nonprofit organizations serving populations with English Language Learners (ELL). Through mentoring, school skills support and community engagement, members work to increase academic engagement among English Language Learners.
Samuel has experience designing and implementing youth-centered programming in after-school settings (educational programming), direct service agencies (peer mentoring and diversion programming), and residential homeless youth programs.
Samuel has a strong focus on community and relationship building. Using Restorative Practices, Samuel encourages and engages in thoughtful and intentional conversation. These conversations become the cornerstone of program planning and allow for thoughtful and curious engagement of all participants.
In addition to youth programming, Samuel uses his background in Social Work to further his interest in graphic design and web development. Using social, psychological, and human theory, Samuel is able to implement intentional and thoughtful marketing and web campaigns to support the work of many.