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Dario Otero

Dario is the owner of Youth Lens 360, a company that provides superior visual communication and product marketing and branding services through the lens of youth ages 14-24. The Company utilizes L.E.A.D (learn, experience, apply and debrief) curriculum to train and support the technical and entrepreneurial skills of youth in our community. At Youth Lens 360, youth can earn project based credit, experiential learning, after school enrichment, entrepreneurial development and pay through an application and membership process. Youth can be referred by their school or join independently. The overall goal of the company is to provide businesses, schools, governmental agencies, policy makers and secondary institutions with marketing, branding, storyboarding, product promotion, product focus groups through the lens and creative genius of today’s youth.

Prior to forming Youth Lens 360, Dario worked as a special education teacher and transition specialist at High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) in St. Paul, Minnesota. While at HSRA, Dario developed and implemented a video and communications department that connects visual communication techniques with rigorous curriculum to address highly creative learning styles in special education student populations. He developed projects that allowed students to have voice in their education and travel around Minnesota to collaborate with other students around issues that are important to youth in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Dario is working towards a masters in special education at Bethel University. He is also a trained group dynamics facilitator that uses his intuitive strengths to create welcoming spaces for safe conversations that lead to positive action.