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1. Jessica West is Neighborhood Bike Works’ new executive director.
Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW), whose mission is to provide equitable access to bicycling and bike repair through education, recreation, leadership and career-building opportunities, has named Jessica West as its new executive director. The organization coordinates an Earn-A-Bike program where kids learn bike repair and maintenance in a hands-on environment,and take ownership of their bike upon graduation.
“The board looks forward to working with Jessi,” said Blake Rubin, NBW’s board chair “She brings her love of cycling and of Philadelphia plus her professional background in the nonprofit sector. I look forward to working with Jessi to help propel the organization forward.”
Before her appointment to NBW, West was the executive director of the Chincoteague Center, a 9,000-square-foot convention center on Chincoteague Island that hosts community and cultural events. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts, and was the associate and assistant production manager at Arden Theatre Company. She has a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.
2. Vic Wiener and Jasmine Moore are appointed fellows at Juvenile Law Center.
Juvenile Law Center recently announced two fellowship appointments: Vic Wiener and Jasmine Moore.
Wiener will be joining Juvenile Law Center as a Skadden Fellow in 2020. Their project will focus on using movement lawyering to end the devastating and ineffective practice of placing youth on sex offender registries.
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Wiener attends the University of Tulsa College of Law in Oklahoma and serves as editor-in-chief of the Tulsa Law Review, secretary of immLaw (the immigration law student society) and formerly served as the president of OutLaws, the LGBTQIA+ law student society.
Wiener is originally from New Mexico and graduated with a degree in gender and women’s studies from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. They interned with Juvenile Law Center in the summer of 2019 and with the National Center for Youth Law in the summer of 2018. Additionally, Wiener twice traveled with immLaw to Texas to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers.
In 2019, Wiener received the Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Senior Law Student Award for the University of Tulsa.
Moore is joining the organization as the Youth Advocacy Alumni Fellow funded by the Stoneleigh Foundation. Born in West Philly, Moore was in the child welfare system until the age of 17, and was determined to share her experiences and became a youth advocate in Youth Fostering Change (YFC).
As a youth advocate, she worked on numerous projects including one on age-appropriate housing options for older youth. Moore and other advocates in YFC created the Youth Fostering Change Youth Assessment Questionnaire: A Tool for Youth to Provide Input into Child Welfare Placement Decisions, which contains questions youth advocates believe should be considered when older youth are placed outside of their home. A second document, A Path to Understanding: A Youth-Developed Guide to Promote Better Communication and Relationships Between Youth and Their Caseworkers and Caregivers, is designed to help interpret older youth behavior and provide guidance to address those behaviors.
Moore’s advocacy work took her to different cities where she met with various city and statewide officials to implement change in the child welfare system.-30-
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