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The Campaign for Youth Justice Introduces Our 2014 Summer Fellows

Posted in 2014, Voices Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Campaign for Youth Justice Introduces Our  2014 Summer Fellows

Meet CFYJ's Summer Fellows, pictured left to right: Samantha Wiggins,
Paige Bettge, Calvin Jackson, and Samuel Wilkins.

The Campaign for Youth Justice is pleased to introduce our 2014 Summer Fellows:

Paige Bettge- College of William & Mary
Paige was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, and currently attends the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is a rising junior and is studying philosophy and psychology. During her time at college, Paige has volunteered as a mentor for residents of a nearby juvenile detention facility. This experience has motivated her to work towards being an advocate for youth in the criminal justice system. Paige’s other interests include animal welfare, reading, and trips to the beach!

Calvin Jackson- Georgetown University
Calvin Jackson is a rising senior at Georgetown University. He is majoring in Sociology and a double minor in Media & Film studies as well as African American studies. He was a youth participant for 8 years at the local Art and Media Center. A product of DC schools and urban city, these experiences expanded his horizons and allowed him to channel his energy into social advocacy. He has worked with the Black Student Alliance, Georgetown's film department and Office of Communications to produce short films or promotions. He is the producer of Georgetown's first student video platform: Georgetown Buzz. At Georgetown, He worked in conjunction with many education diversity and advocacy groups such as Leaders in Education and Diversity, DC Reads Advocacy committee , One World Youth Project, and leading this year's Male Development Association. He also volunteers at the community art center where he grew up.

Samuel Wilkins—Georgetown University
Samuel is currently a rising junior at Georgetown University double-majoring in Government and Theology. Although his majors sound like a combination of two things that should never come together, he hopes to incorporate both fields in his advocacy for the marginalized and pursuit of implementing a more just social order. At Georgetown, Samuel is currently serving as a coordinator of a program that works to mentor, tutor, and advocate for youths in the juvenile court system. This program intensified Samuel’s passion to work with and for court-involved youths. Samuel, a textbook case of an extrovert, feels most at home when he is talking with his friends and family. He also enjoys reading Russian literature, watching his hometown Phillies, playing basketball, and attempting to sing while playing guitar.

Samantha Wiggins - Georgetown University Law Center
Samantha is a rising third year student at Georgetown University Law Center. Her hometown is Potomac, MD. She currently holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, as well as a certificate in Political Economics, from Temple University. While at Temple University and living in North Philadelphia, one of the poorest areas in Philadelphia, she was inspired to pursue a legal career to learn tools to create social change. While in college she worked with civil rights organizations to create change on campus and in the community and brought those same interests and passions to law school.

Samantha comes to CFYJ eager to be a part of the policy effort in juvenile justice reform and be a part of an important movement to change the juvenile justice system. Additionally, she hopes to learn how to get active in this movement after her internship. Graduating in May of 2015, Samantha hopes to work in youth advocacy or criminal justice reform post-graduation.