Who We Are
The youth involved in Finding Voice are at the heart of the project. You’ll find images and biographies of these amazing young people on the individual project pages. Julie Kasper and Josh Schachter, project facilitators, do their very best to keep up with the youthful energy, vision, hope, and learning of the youth. Collectively, they bring many years of experience in education, community-based programming, and international travel/work to Finding Voice.
Julie Kasper teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) and English for the 21st Century Workplace in the LEARN Center at Catalina High School in Tucson, AZ. A graduate of the University of Arizona and Teachers College, Columbia University, Julie has been teaching for nine years – in Japan, New York City, and most recently in Tucson.
She enjoys teaching with interdisciplinary themes which allow students to extend their literacy and language learning beyond the classroom to real-world contexts and to create work for audiences wider than the teacher and/or classmates. Driven by the words of choreographer Bill T. Jones, Julie strives to create a world she wants to live in. That world is one in which all members of the community are given room to speak and share, have skills to listen with empathy and interest, and have developed a voice – a sense of self and skills to support expression – which they use to engage academically, socially, politically, economically, and creatively with everyone around them. Her work in public schools is born of this vision.