Jennifer Moore is a Re-Entry Counselor at Camp David Gonzales, where she partners with incarcerated youth to develop a sustainable and asset-based transition plan for reincorporation into their communities. In that role, she aids with clinical case management and youth mentorship through individual counseling and the facilitation of engaging educational classroom activities. Most importantly, because of the diverse personal, educational and professional experiences Jennifer has been privileged with, Intersectionality and anti-oppressive approaches are at the foundation of her praxis while respecting Critical Race Theory and dialogue-based education.
Jennifer graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2016, where she assisted in the formation and development of UCLA's MSW Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She also received training in the facilitation of Intergroup Dialogue through the Bruin Resource Center. Her undergraduate degrees were received in 2010 from UCSD in Psychology and Music Composition.
Before working with the Coalition, Jennifer also trained at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center as a medical social worker in the Pediatric Heart Transplant Unit, providing families with crisis intervention, inpatient assistance, and resource linkage. Additionally, she provided clinical case management services to the adult male homeless population living on Skid Row at the Cardinal Manning Center, and worked as a mobile crisis responder and behavioral therapist for the Crisis Response Project in Culver City, where the mission is to prevent 5150 holds of developmentally delayed clients of Los Angeles County Regional Centers.
Jennifer’s professional social work career began in 2011 in the Bay Area of California as a residential and wraparound counselor for Seneca Family of Agencies. While there, she provided services for youth and families struggling with personal and systemic trauma and mental health diagnoses. This helped Jennifer to discover an abiding passion for working alongside traumatized, multi-system involved youth, who find themselves at the noisy crossroads of the juvenile justice system, educational system, and foster care system.
As for the future, Jennifer's current goals include LCSW licensure, contributing to ongoing staff training and development, the enhancement of educational experiences available to the youth at camp, the ongoing pursuit of critical self-awareness and reflection, and acting as an ally and accomplice in dismantling oppressive structures wherever they are found.