Carl Settles Jr. is the Founder/Executive Director of E4 Youth, an Austin, TX based non-profit that bridges the gap between underserved creative youth and creative careers. A former science teacher, Mr. Settles has over 20 years of hands on experience in educational publishing, interactive development and advertising.
Mr. Settles is the architect of Employability Curriculum, which helps classroom educators build stronger relationships with students of color. More recently, Mr. Settles has developed VR Remix Party immersive storytelling curriculum - open source VR/AR tools and workflows that help students tell compelling stories about their lives in minutes. As part of the Intel Foundation's She Will Connect Program, VR Remix party curriculum is being used by Latinitas and other local non-profits to teach 1000's of area youth to code immersive stories about their neighborhoods. His latest venture, Austin Digital Heritage Project, trains and employs college age youth that collect and curate oral histories into a digital archive that can be accessed via virtual and augmented reality tools.
He incorporates digital storytelling, social media, guerrilla ﬁlmmaking techniques, mobile technology, theatre arts, music, and a wide array of artistic techniques into a project-based & engaging learning experience for his students. He and his students have collaborated with Mexic-Arte Museum, Forklift Danceworks, VSA Texas, AFP, Green Ribbon Schools, and E4 Youth.
Cynthia Ruiz served in multiple Texas public schools as a 9th-12th English teacher from 2003-2018. After she quit teaching in 2018, she created WorkStressLess LLC, a consulting company dedicated to teaching others the life-changing benefits of mindfulness so they can feel more connected to themselves and the work they do. Along with mindfulness consulting, Cynthia is currently the lead show notes writer for various health and wellness podcasts and an online yoga teacher. As Program Manager, Cynthia maintains partnerships for E4 Youth's team of Digital Docents and oversees content creation for the Creative Pathways Podcast, Austin Digital Heritage Project and the E4 Youth Virtual Archive (E4VA) Project.