Episode 22: Jason Yoon and Sarah Meyer of New Urban Arts


One of my favorite youth programs in the country is New Urban Arts, based in Providence, RI. This community-based program is located in a storefront, and it is one of those rare places where the practice matches the rhetoric. For this episode I interviewed Jason Yoon, Executive Director and Sarah Meyer, Program Director, and we talked about how they design a creative learning space where young people truly direct their own experience. Sarah and NUA program alum Michi Olivo will be joining me as presenters at the Bridge Conference in Seattle, WA on October 8-9, where they will share more about their model in a breakout session, and participate in a live recording of Please Speak Freely focused on the challenges and complex realities of shifting from a teacher-student paradigm to a youth-adult partnership. I hope to see you there!

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Please Speak Freely

On Please Speak Freely, Eric Gurna, founder of Development Without Limits interviews leading thinkers, artists and others to shed light on key issues and explore different perspectives about youth development and education. The idea is to get past the platitudes and institutional positions, and have honest, nuanced conversations about things that really matter to young people and communities. Please Speak Freely guests include:

  • Raffi, Children’s Troubadour and Founder of the Centre for Child Honouring
  • Alfie Kohn, Author of several books including Punished By Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve
  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education at New York University
  • Karen Pittman, President & CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
  • Tony Smith, Former Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District
  • Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” and Author of Free-Range Kids

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