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Now I have Hope: Tyreek, Brooklyn Democracy Academy
"It looked like I would not have enough credits to graduate. My basketball coach suggested that I apply to Brooklyn Democracy Academy. Working with Barrington Burgess, my Advocate Counselor, really helped me. He is a good mentor and has become almost like an older brother. He was supportive, and stayed on my case and made sure I finished my senior project so I could graduate. He also helped in other areas of my life. For example, I did not have a birth certificate or a Social Security card, and he helped me get them so I could get a job."
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.