Vivian G. Alvarez is a teen mentor at Chicago Public Library, developing programs supporting the maker movement and teaching STEM-based programs, coding, and digital media workshops. She works collaboratively with students to interpret, critique, and reimagine the physical, social, and cultural environments. With thirteen years of professional experience in the nonprofit field, she has implemented an innovative curriculum based on student agency and has worked within a variety of school and community contexts. She is a current graduate student at the School of Information Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, concentrating in Youth Services. She is a member of AASL and was an ALA Spectrum Scholar.