Carl Settles
Founder/Executive Director
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.

He embodies the principle that “Great educators teach students, not subjects” and has spearheaded the creation of E4 Youth’s professional development, soft skills curriculum and after school enrichment services to fulfill that purpose.

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Humberto Perez
Education Director
Humberto Adrián Pérez served as a public educator for eighteen years. Most recently, he taught audio/video production and headed John B. Connally High School Cougar Productions in the Pflugerville school district.

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.

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Jonathan "Chaka" Mahone
Music Legacy Project Director
As one-half of Austin's three-peat 'Band of the Year,' (RAS) Riders Against the Storm, and co-founder Body Rock ATX, one of Austin's largest monthly dance parties, Jonathan 'Chaka' Mahone knows how to move a crowd. Knowing that it's truly 'bigger than hip hop' though, Mahone also has more than 15 years of experience in youth­ empowerment and education through creative arts. In 2013, Mahone became a co-founder of Divine and Conjure Enterprises, LLC, a production company with a focus on empowering audiences through events, film, music, and more.
Rakeda Ervin
Executive Producer
Rakeda is talented educator and television producer with a wealth of experience. Over the past 18 years, she has produced numerous network television projects for VH1, NBC Universal, BET (Black Entertainment Television), A&E Networks and the ESSENCE Festival.

More recently, she has served as a film and video instructor in Manor ISD, where she successfully launched the video production program.

As the E4 Hire Supervising Producer, she oversees production, mentors and grooms young talent.

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