THE KIDS CREATIVE TEAM
Our Kids Creative teachers have many years of experience working with children of diverse backgrounds in a number of different artistic media. Our staff has taught at schools all over New York City and the world. We have performed with shows in venues around the US, including the PNC Bank Arts Center, Symphony Space, Central Park's Summer Stage, Sea World, and Disney Land and in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Beijing, Beirut, Berlin and more. Kids Creative was founded by members of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, voted best Kids Band by Time Out NY and regulars on Nick Jr.!
FINDING THE RIGHT TEAM
To find the most qualified staff for our programs, Kids Creative has a rigorous screening process to ensure all employees share our creative and educational mission and are unwaveringly committed to the safety of our students. This process includes multiple interviews, a reference check and background checks from the NY Department of Health. During the vetting process, each employee is made fully aware of Kids Creative’s policies and procedures, as well as the high standard of safety, supervision and instruction that is expected of Kids Creative employees. If hired, teachers and staff undergo regular trainings and performance evaluations to review procedures and rules. As part of our commitment to protecting the physical and emotional safety of our students, Kids Creative regularly reviews its procedures to ensure that we incorporate best practices in hiring, training and evaluating our staff.
MEET THE STAFF
DJ Rouzeau, Executive Director: DJ has spent nearly 20 years working with NYC-based youth development organizations, including the New York Junior Tennis League and the New York City Mission Society. As a native New Yorker and Long Island product, his passion for these programs stems from the days he would spend playing soccer in the city as a kid. His experience with athletics has reinforced the importance, and the need, for art and peace-based programs at an early age to create well-rounded students. DJ is a huge Mets, Knicks, Giants, and Arsenal F.C. fan which has help developed his patience in life. He also has a huge love for music of multiple genres and loves to dance. During his spare time, he coaches a youth girls soccer team in Manhattan.
Adam Jacobs, Co-Founder: Adam founded Kids Creative with his brother Stephen in 2000 when he was still in college. Starting as a summer camp where 12 kids wrote a play, Adam has worked to make Kids Creative a premier arts and peace education organization in New York City, bringing arts and academic programs to over 1,000 youth annually through summer camps, after school programs and workshops. Adam has an undergraduate degree in International Politics and a Masters degree in Peace Education, both from Columbia University. He is a sought-after thinker in the intersection of conflict resolution and the arts, giving talks and workshops at Columbia University, Vassar College, The Peace and Justice Studies Conference and The University of Istanbul. He was a founding member of PS 536, a progressive elementary school in the Bronx and has been quoted in such publications as The Daily News, CBS News and El Diario. He is also Mr. Clown, a lead performer in the internationally acclaimed rock group for kids, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, and was a regular on Nick Jr. and Chuck E Cheese TV. Adam originally hails from Minnesota (the Minnesota Twins are his favorite team EVER!!!).
Liz Camacho, Director of Program Operations: Liz comes to us from an extensive background working in the coaching and consulting space for several cutting-edge entrepreneurial companies and non-profit organizations. Holding multiple key roles for the high-level, growth-focused organizations such as the More Family of Companies, Liz served as an Account Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Director of Member Services and Editorial Director. Working alongside the company’s founder for nearly a decade, Liz played an integral right-hand position in helping to successfully launch three start-up companies simultaneously, More Than Just Great Dancing®, Studio Owner University®, and More Than Dancers™. In addition to her work in the entrepreneurial realm, Liz has devoted her career to mentoring adolescents through difficult situations and creating opportunities to connect with teens and youth through her work in the arts industry. Amongst many extraordinary accomplishments, Liz lists helping to raise her nephew, William, as her greatest.
Naima Lewis, HR Manager: Naima lives in Brooklyn and has a grey cat. Her favorite snack is any kind of cake.
Sadie Moran, Development Manager: Sadie is originally from the lovely town of New Paltz in the Hudson Valley, and holds a BA from Tulane University in New Orleans where she studied Gender & Sexuality Studies, French, and Art History. As the Development Manager, she focuses on fundraising efforts to support the arts and peace education of NYC youth. Her passions include peppermint tea, knitting, gender theory, and the oxford comma!
Kristian Moton, Education Coordinator: Kristian joined Kids Creative as a Group Leader, and held positions including Teaching Assistant and Peace and Culture Instructor before becoming Education Coordinator in Spring 2019. He holds an Associates Degree from Bronx Community College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Services and Education from Empire State College. When he’s not at work, he plays video games competitively, and he is a passionate activist.
Nastasia Kutuyev, Social Media Coordinator: Nastasia is a recent NYU graduate who studied Media, Culture, and Communications. She's behind KC's social media and communication, as well as helping prep for summer camp. She's originally from the Bay Area and spends most of her free time writing for her comedy group, eating vegetarian ramen, and thinking about her two dogs, Muffin and Sofia.
Jason Roberts, Site Supervisor - PS 102: If you're around Jason Andre Roberts long enough, you'll recognize that he lives and breathes Kids Creative & its conflict resolution through the arts ethos since joining the organization in 2015. During that time, he has been in nearly every position you can think of within on-site after-school programming, which has been truly beneficial for him in, 1) understanding various aspects of how Kids Creative works, 2) learning from his leadership, and 3) how he can become an asset in those positions. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Jason came to America in 1996 & within 6 years became the independent hip-hop artist and journalist that he still is to this day. Those passions eventually led to people inquiring if he could teach kids songwriting, hip-hop and spoken word. From there, the world of after school programming opened up for him to not only pass down his artistry to future generations, but to also positively influence his community from the inside out. At present, Jason is the Site Supervisor of KC PS 102, a site he sees as one with incredible potential with a staff of future young professionals that he is extremely proud to lead into improving the peace and culture among their kids for the better.
Brianna Marquez, Site Supervisor - Rock 2 The Bronx: Brianna joined Kids Creative in 2017, and throughout the past two years, has served KC students and families at nearly each of our locations. Brianna began as a Group Leader at our Rock 2 The Bronx after-school program and progressed into a Head Teacher role at our legacy program, Upper Westside Summer Camp. She then transitioned to our Brilla location where she excelled as an Art Instructor and was hand-selected by Brilla’s principal to fill the role as the Site Coordinator, where she oversaw a program of 180 students. Brianna has continued to develop her professional skills and is extremely excited to share her gifts as the Site Supervisor at the location where she began her KC journey, Rock 2 The Bronx, where we provide programming for 550 elementary students.
Thalia Cacquias, Assistant Site Supervisor - PS 102: Thalia is receiving her Masters in social working at Boricua College. She began working at Kids Creative in 2017 as a group leader for our program at Rock 2 The Bronx . Later in 2017, she transitioned into a position as an Art Instructor at Brilla until 2019, when she became an Assistant Site Supervisor at PS 102. She's very outgoing, funny, and loves to help others.
Ana Cortez, Assistant Site Supervisor - Rock 2 The Bronx: Ana is Los Angeles born, but Midwest raised. She was a teacher's assistant for 5 years working with regular ed, bilingual, special needs and CDS students ranging from 1st grade to 12th grade before moving to NYC to pursue dance. Her career with Kids Creative started the summer of 2017 by joining the Rock 2 The Bronx team as a group leader. She returned the following summer as a head teacher and Division Leader in the Fall. She then came into 2019 as Assistant Site Director! Her hobbies are anything that includes dancing and sports, and she loves anything fashion, art, poetry or music related.