For many students, summer is usually a time bounding with excitement, new opportunities and spending time with others. This summer, however, these things were not a given.

High school students were handling the repercussions of standardized testing and college tours being canceled, as well as extracurricular and summer activities coming to an abrupt stop. College students were dealing with countless canceled internships and job opportunities. At a time when there was so much disappointing news, JEVS Human Services shined a light and gave a group of high school and college students a reason to be excited again.

JEVS’s Franklin C. Ash Internship program ushered in 15 college students from around the country and provided them placements based on their interests and the chance to mentor a high school student through their college application process. This mentorship is part of JEVS’s Lasko College Prep Program. In this program, 10 high school students from Greater Philadelphia were taught various skills on standardized testing, given presentations and virtual tours of different universities and paired with college students to ask all of their burning questions about applying to college and life after high school.

These programs were made entirely virtual for the first time and despite the distance, each student sang the praises of JEVS for giving them something to work for during such a difficult time. Both programs celebrated this week with a closing reception via videoconference where each student had the chance to highlight the work they did this summer.

Below are two video highlights of one Ash intern and one Lasko intern reflecting on their summer experiences.

> Read more about the continuation of internships in the Jewish Exponent

JEVS Human Services hosted interns from mid-June to August 4, 2020. We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the individuals that made this unique summer program a reality:

Organizations Hosting Interns

American Jewish Committee

Anti-Defamation League

Gratz College


JEVS Human Services

Jewish Community Relations Council

Jewish Family and Children’s Service

Penn State Hillel

Jewish Relief Agency

Foundation Support

Ash Family Foundation

Henry and Helen Bienenfeld Foundation

Lasko Family Foundation

Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Foundation

The Bernard & Etta Weinberg Family Fund

Individuals Participating in Panel Discussions & Presentations to Interns

Hank Butler-PA Jewish Coalition

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center

Jeffrey Abramowitz-JEVS Human Services

Joseph Alexander Foundation, Inc.

Kristen Rantanen-JEVS Human Services

Lasko Family Foundation

Liz Curcio Griscom-JEVS Human Services

Nancy Astor Fox-JEVS Human Services

Nora Cothren-JEVS Human Services

Paul Palladino-Comcast

Perry Blatstein-Orbis Operations

Rabbi Kami Knapp-Congregation Or Shalom

Robin Schatz-Jewish Community Relations Council

PA State Rep. Jared Solomon

Stephanie Burgos-Comcast

Steve Scovner-Contemporary Staffing Solutions

Temple University

The Reflect Organization-Jared Fenton

University of Pennsylvania


Widener University

Challah for Hunger-Rebecca Bar, Executive Director

Philadelphia Councilman Alan Domb

Drexel University

Dustin Seidman-Morgan Stanley Wealth Management


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