Max David Foehringer Merchant

Max David Foehringer MerchantMax, currently a program coordinator, has worked for the past five years Free Spirit Media providing youth digital media and film production education at North Lawndale College Prep on the West Side of Chicago, IL. As a digital media educator, Max sees the importance and relevance of using media literacy education as a means of fostering creativity, youth voice, and social activism for the youth he works with. One of the most compelling experiences as a media educator has been leading the intensive annual seven student year-long, student-based inquiry project creating short documentaries ranging from human rights, science & technology, to sports and culture. In addition to practicing media literacy education with Free Spirit Media, Max has also undertaken studies with University of Rhode Island’s Digital Media Literacy Education program with the Feinstein School of Education and Harrington School of Communications.