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.
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
JEVS Human Services
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family and Children’s Service
Penn State Hillel
Jewish Relief Agency
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
Perry Blatstein-Orbis Operations
Rabbi Kami Knapp-Congregation Or Shalom
Robin Schatz-Jewish Community Relations Council
PA State Rep. Jared Solomon
Steve Scovner-Contemporary Staffing Solutions
The Reflect Organization-Jared Fenton
University of Pennsylvania
Challah for Hunger-Rebecca Bar, Executive Director
Philadelphia Councilman Alan Domb
Dustin Seidman-Morgan Stanley Wealth Management