Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good.

Technology with Purpose

We empower all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. We are committed to creating more diversity in STEM and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.

Mouse Stories:

Developer, Technologist

“Mouse taught me the importance of giving back and inspired me to start my own business. Beyond technology, Mouse sparked confidence in me.”

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Creator, Innovator, Maker of Change

“Being involved in Mouse made me who I am. Mouse taught me to believe in myself and to create something that will have a lasting impact.”

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Senior Analyst, Developer, Problem Solver

“Through Mouse, I learned how to analyze and solve problems, and how to relate to people. Mouse taught me that technology always has a human element. I saw the potential in me through Mouse.”

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Immigrant, Womxn, Creative Innovator

“My experiences with Mouse created a part of my identity and helped me to realize the importance of technology is how you can positively impact people.”

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Technician, Creator, Change Maker

“Through Mouse, I met individuals that shared the same passions and interests, who came together around a common goal, became friends, and worked as a force toward something good.”

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Entrepreneur, Change Maker

“Mouse inspired me to pursue technology in 7th grade. Mouse sparked my curiosity, helped me to develop persistence, and taught me the invaluable role of mentorship."

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Innovator, Educator, Presenter

“Mouse definitely changed the way I think about technology and what I want to do in the future. It’s important because this is why I want to learn. I want to make a project that will help someone and be part of something big.”

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Engineer, Designer, Inventor

“Through Mouse, I’ve designed new projects every year. I have more confidence, feel more natural presenting, and have developed skills in 3D printing and design, coding and engineering accessible devices.”

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Programmer, Leader, Designer

"With Mouse, we are involved in determining the problem to solve and designing the solution, which is what you really need in the real world.”

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Designer, Gamer, Technologist

“Mouse changed my life. Being involved has helped me to see things from a different perspective and how to create something that I care about for someone else.”

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Coder, Engineer, Educator

“Mouse has been a big influence in my life. Through Mouse, I’ve learned about leadership and teamwork, and how I can create cool things for someone else. It’s helped me to see how I can better the world through technology.”

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Engineer, Musician Coder,

“Mouse has opened my eyes to the idea of design. I’ve learned that tech with purpose means going beyond what’s given to you to implement something bigger. It’s rewarding to be part of something that will make someone’s life a little easier.”

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Programmer, Project Manager, Designer

“Mouse was the best thing I have done in my life. It’s opened doors that would not have been opened in any other way.”

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Innovator, Designer, Engineer

“I feel proud to be a women pursuing interests in engineering. Many think it is a major for men. I want to change that thought in society. Women can do this too. In my country, women are limited in what they can do. Women can do everything.”

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Innovator, Designer, Engineer

“Mouse has taught me how to help other people—learn from them, think for them, and design for them.”

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Blogger, Coder, Designer

“Joining Mouse showed me who I can be. Mouse brings out the potential in youth through technology and helps you to be the best you can be. Mouse brings out the leader in you.”

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Project Manager, Educator, Mentor

"Mouse has been an amazing experience. It is great knowing that I could create something that would change someone’s life.”

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Green Technology Activist, Project Manager, Marketer

“Mouse has been life changing. When I joined Mouse, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Being involved with Mouse has help me to become a better presenter, helped my social skills, and given me that final push out of the shy zone.”

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Designer, Innovator

“Going through the design process Mouse teaches has helped me in life. It’s not just about drawing on paper--it’s about creating an idea and following through with it.”

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Designer, Innovator, Change Maker

All I have done during the past 4 years -- Mouse helpdesk, Mouse projects, Hurricane Sandy, has helped me to solidify my ideas in what I believe in -- to be a citizen of change.”

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Our Team at Mouse

Kimberly Alonso, Communications Coordinator

As Communications Coordinator @ Mouse, Kimberly highlights the work of our students, educators, and staff across social media and communications materials online and off.  She joined Mouse in 2013 after graduating from Pace University.

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys dyeing her hair purple, exploring Queens, or learning a new skill, like how to take apart a 3D printer.

Natalia Averills, Membership Coordinator

Natalia is a bridge builder, connecting ideas with goals and turning dreams into purpose. As Sales Coordinator at Mouse, she has found a platform which supports her passion for youth development.

Previously, Natalia worked at ABC and graduated from Mercy College with a M.S. in Organizational Leadership. Natalia is a veteran of the U.S. Army and brings experience in sales, public speaking, and acting, with a strong desire to bridge the gaps between transactional support and development.

Natalia is a working actress, enjoys teaching and taking on random adventures, such as working for the circus (clown name: lady shakesalot).

Chelien Brown, Learning Design Coordinator

Chelien is a Brooklyn native who joined the team in 2015. He developed an interest in youth development and education while tutoring and instructing students in writing while in college. After receiving his BA in English and American Literature from NYU, he worked at MakerBot and wanted to learn more about emerging tech while introducing students to the quickly changing field. Chelien is a fledgling novelist and short story writer and enjoys Japanese manga and anime. His favorite is One Piece.

Rachel Brown, Learning Design Coordinator

Rachel joined the team in 2010 to provide program support to our NYC sites. She also creates media and learning activities.

Rachel has 15+ years of experience working with youth, educational and media related NPOs. She teaches video production in high schools and at Hunter College, where she’s currently pursuing an MFA in Integrated Media Arts. Rachel stages urban interventions with The Illuminator, makes films and music, cycles year-round and enjoys wandering. Find her at wanderingarrow.com.

Jonathan Clemens, Learning Network Manager

Jonathan is the Learning Network Manager for Mouse operations in Minnesota. He works with schools in-state to support the implementation and ongoing use of Mouse’s online learning platform

Jonathan holds a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz, a M.A. from the University of Hawai‘i, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In his off hours he enjoys playing video games, training in mixed martial arts, and walking his dog along Minnesota’s many lakes and rivers.

Alex Fleming, Learning Design Coordinator

Alex joined the Mouse team in January of 2011 and is currently serving as a Learning Design Coordinator. A member of the second graduating class of the original High Tech High school in San Diego, Alex is a DIY media maker and game designer who loves tech of all kinds.

Alex previously worked for Boston non-profit HOME Inc. as a Media Lab Coordinator and holds a B.A. in Sociology and Theatre Arts with high honors from Brandeis University. A former magician, Alex retired from magic in 2013.

Ioana Frigura, Web Coordinator

Ioana Frigura is Mouse’s Web Coordinator focusing on mousesquad.org support and administration, production and design of print and web content for schools and school data collection. Ioana first joined the Mouse team in 2009 as a Technology Intern.

In the Spring of 2016, Ioana earned the AOS in Graphic Design degree from Pratt Institute. She also holds additional degrees from Baruch College and Bard College. Besides graphic design, Ioana is serious about Ikea furniture and cross stitching

Marc Lesser, Senior Director, Learning Design

Since 2008, Marc directs the design and development of web-based and live learning environments for Mouse. He holds a Master’s degree from NYU’s Educational Communication & Technology program, is co-founder of Emoti-Con! the NYC Youth Digital Media and Technology Festival and, in 2012, was named a National School Boards Association “20-to-Watch” among national leaders in education and technology.

Marc fishes, prefers handmade things, and <3’s clever storage solutions.

Mouse Fridge, @mousefridge

Mouse Fridge joined the team in 2015 and is passionate about lunch and ice cream. Keep up with Mouse Fridge at @mousefridge on Twitter!

Maggie Muldoon, Design League Coordinator

Maggie has been working in some combination of education, design and creative technology for over 10 years. She joined the Mouse team in 2011 as a Training Specialist and moved into coordinating the Design League in 2013. She absolutely loves working with students to conceive of, design, and build creative technical solutions to real world problems.

When she’s not making cool stuff with NYC teenagers, she’s usually making other things like dog portraits, live paintings, music videos, and pie.

Janine Quijije, Director of Development

Janine joined Mouse in June 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Development. In her role, she implements and manages strategic initiatives that financially support the growth and sustainability of Mouse. 

Janine brings a deep commitment to and passion in serving youth which extends into her community. She is a proud Big Sister as part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of NYC

Janine has a competitive spirit and introduced an office plank challenge! 

Daniel Rabuzzi, Executive Director

Daniel joined Mouse as Executive Director in 2013.  Previously, he held positions at Year Up New York, NFTE, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Luther College, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust.  

Daniel has had two novels published. B.A. Harvard, M.A. The Fletcher School/ Tufts, M.A. & Ph. D. in History, Johns Hopkins.

Kate Rosenbloom, Learning Design Manager

Kate joined Mouse’s team in 2012. She designs curriculum, produces media content, and helps test new programs in schools across our network. Before Mouse, she co-founded a consulting practice designing curriculum for digital literacy programs and did work for media education orgs including the SF Film Society and the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Kate holds an MA in Communication & Technology in Education from Columbia and a BA in Film from Oberlin. She’s unashamedly addicted to true crime podcasts.

Susan Schwartz, Senior Director, Communications

Susan has more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, digital media, and content development. She leads brand marketing and communications for Mouse and is passionate about transforming education for all youth. Susan joined Mouse in 2008 and previously held several marketing and sales roles at IBM.

Susan graduated with a degree in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan. She loves to hike, bike, and explore new places.

Meredith Summs, Associate Director, Learning Design

Meredith oversees the learning design team to develop content, web platforms and tools, and live programming that deepen and scale our impact.  Over her 10+ years as an informal educator, she has taught circuitry, web literacy, human-centered design, assistive & adaptive tech, IT and game design. 

Previously, Meredith served as a graphic/web designer at arts/education orgs in NYC & DC.  At Vassar, she studied anthropology.  She invented the ‘Choco Taco’ and can melt cheese using only her mind.

Patrick Weaver, Learning Design Manager

Patrick works with Mouse's national network of schools, focuses on improving and expanding online curriculum, and collaborates with high school Design League students on assistive technology projects. He also works with Phone Booth Press, Oat Dog Club, meredithisonvacation.biz and is online at patrickweaver.xyz. He grew up in San Francisco and studied words at UC Santa Cruz.

You should probably endorse Patrick for high fives.

Peizhu Yuan, Operations Intern

Peizhu Yuan recently joined the Mouse team in February 2015 as the Operations Intern that provides support for the whole team. Her work includes data entry into Salesforce, designing new one-pagers, managing the thank you process and lots more!

Currently pursuing her first Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the College of Staten Island, Peizhu finds her interest focused mostly on learning about different languages. She can speak, read and write in Chinese, English, Japanese, Java, and C++.

Board of Directors


Amy Kadomatsu
Chair, Mouse
Co-founder and President, ROKO Labs

Caroline McCarthy
Vice Chair, Mouse
Vice President, Communications and Content, true[X] media

Dawn Barber
Secretary, Mouse
Co-Founder, New York Tech Meetup

Robin Griffiths
Treasurer, Mouse
Executive Director, Finance & Infrastructure, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Rashmy Chatterjee
Chief Marketing Officer, IBM, North America

Ted Cohen
Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

Tony DiSanto
Managing Director, North America Infrastructure, Citigroup

Byrne Doyle
Senior Vice President, Best Buy Co.

Omari Edwards
Founder, Beak

Matt Greenfield
Managing Partner, Rethink Education

Scott Kaplan
Managing Director, KB Financial Partners

Joy Marcus
EVP and General Manager, Digital Video, Condé Nast Entertainment

Sheila Marmon
Founder & CEO, Mirror Digital Inc.

Jeanne P. Meyer
Founder, Watch This Space Consulting

Ejovi Nuwere
Senior Manager, Deloitte

Amanda O'Donnell
Finance Consultant, Intersection Co.

Daniel Rabuzzi
Executive Director, Mouse

Linda G. Roberts
National Consultant on Technology and Education

Carole Wacey
Vice President, Education, WNET New York Public Media

Blaze D. Waleski
Technology & Privacy Attorney

As a result of Mouse, students report:

Improved creativity, problem solving, & team-building skills
Increased confidence
Better prepared for college
Believe they can make a difference in the world
More motivated to pursue a career in STEM

Join us for this unique, interactive event as we celebrate 20 years of empowering youth to create technology with purpose!

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