This month, Liz Pisarczyk, our Program Director for the past four and a half years, is leaving her role at Neighborhood Bike Works. Liz has accomplished a ton while at NBW, and has served as an incredibly dedicated advocate for Philadelphia youth during that time.
Liz initially came to NBW in the summer of 2008 as a work-study intern while in her Masters of Social Work program at UPenn. She returned in 2011 as a site manager at NBW's headquarters at St. Mary's Church, and in August of 2012 Liz became our Program Director.
Reflecting on her time at NBW, Liz says that "the faces have changed, and the community continues to grow stronger." Staff that Liz has worked alongside have had such a positive impact, Liz says, "and their presence is still strong."
But NBW's greatest strength are the youth and their families, Liz says. "Those youth want to be here so much." Through the development of a deeper series of programs for youth, a process Liz led in 2012 and 2013, youth can now stay involved over the course of many years. This long-term involvement, Liz says, is another of NBW's biggest assets.
Liz shares that her greatest hope for NBW is that the organization continues to grow, and is able to offer more opportunities for youth, including job training opportunities. Liz echoes a vision that many NBW staff and board have shared during the past year or so, which is that someday NBW's youth graduates inherit this organization and step into staff leadership positions like the Program Director or Executive Director role.
Liz's dedication to youth and NBW's mission has set a high bar, and she'll be missed. As we reflect on the pleasure of having worked alongside Liz, we're sure that her impact will live on at NBW in a big way.