Services to Youth, College Students, and Recent Graduates

 

IAJVS affiliates offer a number of services to youth, college students, and recent college graduates.  Below is a description of some of the programs offered to these groups throughout the network.

Mentoring:

Through a grant from the Melvin N. & Eunice A. Miller Foundation, F·E·G·S of New York and

JVS Los Angeles offer the successful New Linkages Program to college students.  The program provides community service internships for unaffiliated Jewish college students, or those who have little Jewish background. The students are matched with mentors for short-term (16 hour) projects that are responsive to their educational, professional, and/or social action interests. In this way, the students are involved in activities in the Jewish community, and are exposed to informal study with Jewish scholars. The Miller fellows (students) receive a stipend of $200 upon completion of the program. The value of this program is enormous as participants are given the opportunity to explore career and leadership opportunities in the Jewish community in which they live. 

Academic Tutoring:

JVS Cincinnati works with the Work Resource Center to provide academic tutoring for at-risk youth. JVS provides a tutor once a week for two hours to help a cross-section of high school students with their homework after school.

Scholarships:

JVS Los Angeles offers a Jewish Community Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to deserving college students.  SInce 1972 the program has awarded $2.7 million in scholarships. 

Career Counseling:

Also, at JVS Los Angeles is SAGE (Skills, Aptitude, Guidance, and Employment) - a program available to assist Jewish youth ages 16-25 in making a successful transition into the working world by providing employment search skills, resume writing, interview workshops and individualized career assessment.  SAGE is sponsored by the Newton and Rochelle Becker Foundation.