The Youth Action Film Festival prides itself in being a youth led organization. Here are the beautiful people that make it all possible.
Paige P: President
Paige Patton has always been enthusiastic about youth having a voice in their world. As the president of her school’s chapter of PBS Student Reporting Labs, she encourages her peers to share their opinions on the issues around them. During the YAFF process, Paige hopes to create a program that she and her peers are proud of, and create a conduit for students to connect and share their voices to the world.
Zohra A: PR Coordinator
Arezue S: Director of Promotional Efforts
Arezue Shakeri is a legacy learner at New Tech High @ Coppell. She is actively involved in both her school and choir. At school, she is part of the Superintendent’s Leadership Advisory Council and recently received Learner of the Month. In choir, she holds the position of Choir Associate and participates in All-State, UIC, Solo and Ensemble, and more. She is ready to take on the role of promotion at YAFF.
Lexi G: Treasurer
Lexi Giermann has always encouraged her peers to speak up about political, social, and cultural injustices in society. She is actively involved in PBS Student Reporting Labs, YAFF and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, boxing and being around dogs. Through YAFF she hopes that students realize they need to voice their opinions on matters that affect their future.
Daniela V: Social Media Expert
Daniela Villarreal is the social media expert for the Youth Action Film Festival. By interacting with students and teachers alike through platforms like Twitter, Daniela hopes to encourage learners to use their voice and take action.
Kaitlyn R: Director of Technology
Kaitlyn Rigdon has always had a love for anything film or media. She is currently involved in the Fuze Show at New Tech High and actively involved PBS News Hour, YAFF, and Outdoor Adventure Club. Through YAFF she is excited to use her voice in the film industry to help others take initiate in social change.
Mrs. Bence: Sponsoring Teacher
Janelle Quintans Bence currently facilitates English in a blended Humanities class at New Tech High @ Coppell in Texas. She has vast experience with English Language Learners and has taught for sixteen years in both urban and suburban school districts. She is an active teacher-leader at both local and national levels and has presented at many national conferences such as NWP, NCTE, and SITE. Her passion is teaching writing and offering her learners authentic learning experiences where they have opportunities to make meaningful changes in the world.
Mrs. Boyd: Sponsoring Teacher
This is Mrs. Boyd’s 21st year in education, her fourth year at NTH@C, 2nd year with PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs, and her 7th year working in the PBL setting. She graduated from Friends University majoring in Social Science Education and minoring in English. When not facilitating AP Human Geography or Pre-AP World Geography in Global Issues she enjoys spending time with her husband of 25 years, Mike and her two daughters Devin and Lauren.