Rivera, Roberto

Holistic artist and educator Roberto Rivera inspires in this webinar about personal voice and creativity as approached through music, collaboration, and education.

“We all have needs of living, and loving, and learning, and leaving a legacy. What I’m trying to do is figure out how do I meet my needs, and how do I meet the needs of my community. And some people embody meeting these needs in an artistic and amazing way.”

Roberto Rivera is an artist, educator, and the President and Lead Change Agent of The Good Life Organization. As a teenager Rivera was labelled as an “at-risk” and “disadvantaged” youth, but several key educators and youth workers helped him to change his life. He earned his undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he created his own major, “Social Change, Youth Culture, and the Arts.” He continued his education with a masters degree at University of Illinois at Chicago in Youth Development with a focus on Social Justice, Urban Education, and Hip-hop. Currently he runs The Good Life Organization, a group that publishes multi-media educational tools and trains educators, youth workers, and parents in connecting positive youth development to community development. Rivera is a Ph.D. student in Educational Philosophy, a husband, and a father.