Staff

Amy Banker

Program Director
Amy Banker is a long-time educator and social change activist and the Program Manager for the Youth Employment Academy (YEA) and the interim Executive Director for Arts Street. Ms. Banker leads YEA staff in providing employment education, career exploration, mentoring and occupational skills training to youth so that they may reach their employment and education goals. Under her leadership over the past eight years, YEA has served over 1,400 youth with a majority reaching their goals of graduating from high school or earning a GED, going on to college or receiving other occupational certifications and becoming employed.

Chelsea Romaniello

Youth Coordinator and Visual Arts Teacher
Chelsea Romaniello, has been with Arts Street for two years, training with previous executive director, Stella Yu. She is experienced in program management, curriculum development, student recruitment, creative teaching and job coaching and is a bilingual visual artist fluent in Spanish. She serves as the Arts Street manager, curriculum coordinator and job coach for youth participants and interns. Chelsea excels at connecting with youth and providing the support they need in the classroom and to succeed in a job. Her passion for the arts and education allows her to connect with youth on a creative level and work with them to gain the skills they need to excel in the workplace.

JC Futrell

Youth Coordinator and Visual Arts Teacher
JC Futrell is an award winning poet and community mentor, as well as a 2016 Denver Urban Spectrum African Americans Who Make a Difference recipient. A Metropolitan State College of Denver graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, Mr. Futrell strives to reach the youth in our community, guiding them in reaching their dreams. Mr. Futrell has been an instructor, job coach and job developer for the Youth Employment Academy since 2007. Mr. Futrell excels in the classroom preparing youth to earn their GED, graduate from high school or successfully complete college classes. In addition, he also teaches job readiness training, career exploration, personal finance and our industry academies in healthcare, customer service and advanced manufacturing. Just as importantly, Mr. Futrell works with area employers to hire youth from the YEA program and supports those youth as a job coach in order for them to be successful. Previously to work at YEA, Mr. Futrell taught art classes and led projects for various community groups as well as working as a graphic designer. Mr. Futrell also continues to write and perform his poetry around the United States.