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The Verizon Innovative Learning - University of the District of Columbia Young Men of Color Program staff is Using Artificial Reality and Virtual Reality to help students manage stress. Students meet in virtual classrooms and discuss some of their stressors they have encountered at home and in their classroom environments during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
James Maiden, Ed.D., has worked as a higher education administrator and a mental health clinician. Dr. Maiden has served as Acting Assisting Dean of Administration, Acting Associate Dean, and Acting Chair of the Department of Health, Nursing and Nutrition in CAUSES. From 2015-2020, he was Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the UDC College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Prior to coming to UDC, Dr. Maiden served as the Department Chair of General Education, The Art Institute of Washington, 2009–2015, where he also served as Director of Advising, Transitional Studies & Academic Support from 2007-2009. Dr. Maiden’s doctorate is in Counseling Psychology. He teaches graduate courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling and provides clinical supervision to students in internship and practicum courses. As Principal Investigator, Dr. Maiden secured an $850K grant from the Verizon Foundation for the Verizon Innovative Learning Young Men of Color program, for which he serves as Program Director. His scholarly work includes numerous presentations and publications and even an appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi Show in 2016. Additionally, in 2017, Dr. Maiden received national recognition as one of “The Made Man Honorees,” presented by Blueprint Global Group & 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Tim Weeden is a Front End Web Developer with extensive experience in educational leadership and school improvement. The lack of opportunities for our underserved youth and their overwhelming interest to learn about technology has been the driving force for Tim to pursue a supplemental education within web development. He has always been involved with technology as a founder of a music production school in Sweden and a technology non-profit in Washington DC.
In addition, he has worked as a marketing director for an online sound development company that provided content sound for Apple, Reason, and the British Telecom Group (BT Group). His experience within the technology industry and knowledge as a youth development teacher have helped him develop fun, engaging, technology-based programming for youth. He has hosted a 2-day overnight technology camp for 40 young males at American University. His technology and youth-centered approach to enrichment programming has been used as a pilot program within the DC Public schools. In a short period after the program's launch, he has gained numerous contacts and support from the technology community to increase the popularity of technology.
Kenneth Carter was born and raised in the Washington DC metropolitan area and is a twice alum of Bowie State University. Kenneth holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in management, a post-graduate certificate in Information Systems, a Master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy. He is currently earning his Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Urban Political Leadership.
Kenneth provides mentorship to D.C. youth through his partnership with the Verizon Innovative Learning S.T.E.M. program for minority boys, a program created to introduce and further minority boys' interest in the S.T.E.M. fields. He also formed a strategic partnership with So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E.), a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., to provide returning citizens and children in transition with the skills and resources needed to lead productive lives. His passion for education and public policy continues to guide him today as he currently serves as a college educator and civil service member of the U.S. government.
Ryan Wright is a Washington, D.C. native with a passion for counseling and mental health. Currently Mr. Wright serves as an intake coordinator and mental health counselor in community mental health. Aside from serving as a mental health professional Mr. Wright enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Wright has participated with the Verizon Program since 2018 and teaches Design Thinking.
Alpha Diallo is software engineer at codeIntelx that specializes in designing and developing cross-platform mobile applications. He loves talking about code, he is most interested in the intersection of code, art, and User’s ideas translated into application design. When Alpha's not working, you can find him in the kitchen learning new recipes, playing soccer, participating in DevPost Hackathon events, and mentoring and teaching coding to middle schoolers from the Verizon innovative learning program.
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