Chris Villatoro is the Co-Director of Step-Up, a youth development and mental health support program funded by the Robin Hood Foundation and New York City Department of Education that aims to promote social-emotional development, key life skills, academic achievement, high school graduation, and a positive transition to young adulthood. Step-Up is embedded within two New York City High Schools schools located in East Harlem and the Bronx.
Before joining McSilver Institute in 2011, Villatoro worked at Association to Benefit Children in East Harlem as Youth Services Coordinator. From 2005-2011, he was at Grand Street Settlement, as a social worker and site coordinator for an AIDP (Attendance Improvement Drop Out Prevention) school-based program at Louis D. Brandeis High School. In addition to his work with Step-Up, Villatoro is also a work camp leader at Youth Services Opportunities Project, where he facilitates community service experiences for middle- and high school-aged youth.
Villatoro holds an MSW degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.