Emerging Leader Fellowship

Kira earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice in May 2014. Since September 2013, Kira has been placed at Wordsworth as a student intern. Her prior experiences...
Child abuse does not respect state lines, but investigating abuse can be obstructed by jurisdictional gaps.  The procedures and policies for accepting and investigating child abuse and neglect allegations vary from state to state.  As such...
Rashni Stanford is a social worker with 10 years of experience working with Philadelphia-area youth and their families in shelters, residential and juvenile justice placement facilities, and the child welfare system.  Most recently, she worked...
Megan Stephens received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Temple University in 2013 and is on track to receive her Master's in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security in 2014. Megan has a strong background working...
Arley Styer joined the Education Law Center (ELC) as a Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow to examine the educational experiences of children taught in group homes, residential treatment facilities (RTF) and day mental health treatment...
Abigail has demonstrated great leadership and commitment to child advocacy throughout her career.  While completing her law degree at Temple, she served as President of the Student Public Interest Network and Chair of the Family Law Society....
Whiquitta ‘Kee’ Tobar is an attorney with experience in juvenile justice and child welfare policy advocacy. As a Zubrow Fellow at Juvenile Law Center, Kee co-facilitated work on issues related to youth homelessness, eliminating juvenile...
Stefany Tobel worked with the Philadelphia Education Fund (Ed Fund) to improve graduation rates for at-risk middle school students.  In 2005, researchers from the Ed Fund and Johns Hopkins University conducted an analysis of 13,000 sixth...
Katharine Vengraitis is an attorney with experience representing and working with children with special needs.  In 2015, Katharine graduated from Temple University's Beasley School of Law, where she served as the executive editor of the...
Leigh received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennyslvania in 2013. She is a committed advocate for the needs of those experiencing homelessness and has previous experience working in the homeless services sector. This includes...