WHYY Summer is run by WHYY's education and news department. WHYY has been offering hands-on courses to teens since 2003.
The team is led by Craig Santoro, Director of Educational Programs, who has been running WHYY's youth media program since 2003. Craig has developed and managed award-winning summer camps, partnered with numerous schools to train teachers to use video in their classrooms and created video learning experiences for nonprofit organizations and area retirees. Craig is supported by an experienced staff of instructors who have years of expertise in both media and education.
For Summer Journalists and Spring Break, WHYY's award-winning reporters, producers and news directors have been partners in the creation of the program's curriculum. Over the course of each session, they will lead discussions, provide guidance on student stories and ensure the overall journalistic integrity of the students' work.
For Summer Filmmakers, the course is also taught by Steve Dixon and Sarah Milinski, Media Instructors at WHYY. Together they have more than 15 years' experience teaching young people to make movies. . Steve has taught video and audio production to children, teens and adults. A skilled videographer, editor and producer himself, Steve is also particular talented in sharing these skills with others. Sarah Milinski is a local filmmaker and youth media instructor. She has been teaching young people to produce their own videos for eight years and has been instrumental in expanding WHYY's programs into public schools.