CEO PERSPECTIVE: A Lot to be Thankful For
"About a month ago, I took a train to White Plains to have dinner with young people (aged 19-26) who are developmentally disabled and/or have autism spectrum disorder and participate in JCCA’s Compass Project. Compass organizes a Shabbat dinner for these young adults so that they have an opportunity to socialize with one another – an activity that does not come naturally to them..."
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bukharian teen lounge: Sonya's internship with Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi's office
Sonya, a personable and vivacious 16-year-old who is a participant in JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge, an afterschool program helping immigrant teens integrate into American life while retaining their rich cultural heritage, hadn’t expected to have a summer internship in a government office. But life had other plans for her, and since she wanted experience working with community issues, she was eagerly recruited by the office of NY State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, who has represented the district since 2005. “Assemblymen Hevesi’s office has consistently provided excellent opportunities for many interns who have learned about how the democratic process really works. For some of them, it has been a gateway to a new career,” says Manashe Khaimov, Director, Bukharian Youth Services.
“We’ve had interns from the Bukharian Teen Lounge for the past three years and they have all been exceptional,” says Lauren Capozzi, Hevesi Chief of Staff. Asked why Sonya was hired, Ms. Capozzi explains, “Sonya carried herself so well, had a very professional resume, and has such a great smile! She has proven herself smart and resourceful—we would definitely have her back.”
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Jewish Child Care Association is a comprehensive child and family services agency. We work with those who need us most, including children who have been neglected or abused, immigrant Jewish families, and those building new lives. Most of our clients come to us because they struggle with poverty or family crises, and because they are working to create an independent future. JCCA helps more than 16,000 children and families every year and is consistently rated at the highest levels for the quality of our programs. In all our work, we are motivated by tikkun olam, the value within Jewish tradition that calls upon all of us to repair the world, and by our belief that every child deserves to grow up hopeful.
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