IndyKids wouldn’t be where it is today without the dedication and tenacity of our supporters over the years. The core team at IndyKids is comprised of our Kid Reporters (click here to meet them!), parents, volunteers, mentors, editors, interns, board members and a shoe-string staff. Please meet some of the people behind IndyKids -
|Katie Schlechter – General Coordinator
Katie Schlechter started working with IndyKids after an extended internship with the Education Institute at Democracy Now! She is passionate about social justice, youth and women’s issues, and loves to travel whenever the opportunity arises. Her other hobbies include learning languages, updating her photography blog and taking ridiculously long walks around Brooklyn on sunny days.
|Isis Phillips – Chairperson, Board of Directors
Isis is the Financial Director at Democracy Now!, a daily TV/radio news program. As a volunteer with IndyKids, Isis trains and advises the staff on bookkeeping and financial matters. Isis holds a BFA from Marymount College and also studied Accounting and Finance at Baruch College. She has a passion for art and her photography has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions. Isis was born in Panama City and grew up in NYC.
|Jyothi Natarajan – Board of Directors
Jyothi Natarajan is managing editor at The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, where she edits the Workshop’s online magazine, The Margins. She has worked in magazine and independent book publishing for the past seven years and is a former editorial coordinator for IndyKids. She has been involved with IndyKids since Spring 2010.
| Toi Sin Arvidsson – Board of Directors
Toi Sin is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is excited to be coordinating the Kid Reporter Program working with kid reporters and mentors. Besides doing school work and volunteering with IndyKids, she also enjoys taking photographs and going to the movies.
|Owen Davis – Education Coordinator
Owen Davis is a writer and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. He’s committed to enriching educational opportunities for students in New York and beyond. As Education Coordinator, Owen creates classroom-ready curriculum to accompany every IndyKids issue. He can be found writing on education politics and trying to crash his bike in all five boroughs. Tweet questions and comments to @opffer.
|Malik Nickens – Distribution Coordinator
An aspiring writer from Brooklyn, Malik started as a volunteer at IndyKids in September 2012, and is currently an administrative intern. Malik became involved with IndyKids because of his love for reading and writing. Active as a mentor, Malik enjoys working with the Kid Reporters. He is also involved in editing and is currently in charge of distribution of the newspaper.
|Mike Newton – Graphic and Web Design
Mike Newton is an artist and graphic designer living in New York City. His artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Detroit, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio. He has been contributing design and graphics to IndyKids since 2008, and also handles various technical and administrative tasks for the paper.
|Amanda Vender – Founder
Amanda Vender is one of the founders of IndyKids. She teaches English as a Second Language at a public middle school in Queens, NY. Amanda is also a parent to two young kids. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Hunter College, City University of New York.
Diana Raimondi, Subscriptions Coordinator
Kristin Oliver, Development Officer
Kid Reporter Mentors
| Amal Abbass
Amal is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English at Hunter College, and hopes to become a teacher. She joined IndyKids in Spring 2013, and loves working with the Kid Reporters. She is also Arts Editor of her school paper, and has interned at Democracy Now!’s Education department.
| Angela Barbuti
Angela Barbuti has a celebrity-interview column in the NY Press. Each week, she talks to an actor, musician, chef, or writer who lives in New York City. She started her writing career in the 7th grade, as a reporter for her middle school’s newspaper in Little Neck, Queens. Her first article was about a class trip to a courtroom and she still has an original copy.
| Randee Dawn
Randee Dawn is a full-time writer and editor for web sites and print magazines including Today.com, Variety and the Los Angeles Times. She started out as an editor on her high school newspaper in Maryland, and became a regular columnist and writer for her college paper. She has been writing about music, movies, TV and books ever since, and is privileged to be able to see the next generation of young writers getting excited about journalism. You may tweet her at @randeedawn.
| Alexis Jacobs
Alexis Jacobs is a freelance writer who has conducted creative, joke and poetry writing classes for kids in New York City. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Toronto, plus many years of experience in both fiction and nonfiction writing. Alexis is also the organizer for the Writers Circle, NYC’s largest writing group.
| Patrice Johnson
Patrice Johnson, a New York independent writing and editing professional, has worked freelance and on staff at consumer magazines (Newsweek, Money) and taught high school English and journalism for two years as a NYC Teaching Fellow.
| Scott Luxor
Scott Luxor is the lead digital visual journalist for the New York Post iPad app. Scott has been a visual journalist for print newspapers since he was 15 years old, starting as a photographer, then becoming a graphic designer and now working with animated graphic design and video. Scott loves working with kids and feels privileged to be working with some of the best young (future) journalists in the country at IndyKids.
| Chisom Olajide
Chisom Olajide, a graduate of Mass Communication, has worked for over 10 years in Africa, United Kingdom and United States in several fields such as: Radio, TV, Print Media, Marketing, Public Relations and Learning Development. As a tutor, writer and a member of NYC Writers Circle, she got introduced to IndyKids and love to mentor the young reporters as a volunteer, which is one of the ways of promoting education and bringing out the best in them. She loves creative writing, poetry, short stories, features, news, reading, cooking, traveling and volunteering for Charity Organizations.
| Nancy Ryerson
Nancy Ryerson is a recent graduate of New York University’s journalism school. She’s happy to be a new addition to IndyKids. Besides writing and reporting, she loves reading, playing the bassoon and vegetarian cooking.
Scott Sheu is a grantmaker and communications officer at a corporate foundation. Originally from the Midwest, Scott lives in Brooklyn and also serves on the City Year New York Alumni Board.
| Bonnie Singer
Bonnie Singer has been a TV and radio producer in the advertising industry for over 25 years and has always combined her love of children, creative writing and organizing to volunteer in the non-profit world. Bonnie says her greatest claim to fame is being called the tallest kid in the sandbox!
Toi SIn Arvidsson
Jean Jacques Charles
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