JoAnne Carpenter was a lovely, determined young woman in JCCA's Foster Home Services. Now she is a proud graduate. Read More
FOX 5 NY: Second Chanches at Brooklyn Democracy Academy
Forty nine students recently graduated from JCCA's Brooklyn Democracy Academy – a transfer high school in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Students come to BDA having dropped out of or failed other high schools. BDA offers them a second chance, and most of them succeed. This year most of the graduates are going to college and the rest have jobs. They are on their way! According to Salutatorian Casey Smalls, “We are leaders and we will set a path for our generation.”
JCCA CEO Ronald Richter recounts a heartwarming story about a little boy in JCCA's Pleasantville START Program, a short-term residential program for youth with behavioral and mental health problems in Westchester, NY.
"I often visit the boys and girls on our Campus. During the winter, I spent some time at the Short-Term Assessment and Rapid Treatment program (START) for young children who need intensive, special intervention to get stabilized and return to their families. I happened to see this young boy who was having difficulty eating and the gentle giant of a JCCA counselor who was patiently helping him.
I am pleased to report that several months later, the little boy is doing very well. I was so delighted to see him recently -- it was at a ceremony where he won an award for being the most improved student!"
Charlie was part of JCCA's Second Chances Program in our Preventive Services Division earlier this year. He was referred by his elementary school for our specialized services. He wanted to write this letter to help other children who may have experienced abuse.
Hi, my name is Charlie. I was hurt badly by someone I trusted and loved. My father sexually abused me, hit me a lot and talked badly to me. Finally when I was eight years old, I got the courage to tell my Nana and my mom what my father had done. But I was also scared about telling because one time he said “I would kill you if you told anyone about this.” After telling my family it felt like the weight of the world rolled off my shoulders. They supported me, cared for me and ensured me that I was doing the right thing. From that day on, my mother did not allow me to see my father again. I was happy about this and felt safe.
Then I went to JCCA and found caring social workers who helped me understand that I am a good person and that what happened to me does not define who I am as a person. Because my father sexually abused me, doesn’t change my personality. I am funny, talented, and a very caring person and people love to be around me. I am strong, brave, courageous, and confident. I will overcome what has happened to me and be just like any other kid. I even joined a Leadership group at JCCA and felt good about that.
If what has happened to me is happening to you, I would encourage you to tell an adult (an aunt, uncle, mom, dad, grandparents, teacher or even the school guidance counselor). You may think that the people you love and trust the most won’t do something terrible, but it happened to me, and I was strong enough to make the abuse stop by opening up to my family.
JCCA provides comprehensive care to thousands of children, young people and families who come from New York’s many diverse communities. Since 1822, we have embraced those who need us most — abused, neglected and traumatized young people who are struggling with poverty, developmental disabilities and complex mental illness. We also work with disadvantaged Jewish immigrants and with Jewish children and their families in support of Jewish continuity. Our programs include foster and residential care, educational assistance and remediation, case management for young people with mental health challenges and services to families to prevent child abuse and maltreatment. JCCA offers safety, stability and lifesaving support to help our clients transform their lives. In everything we do, we are guided by the Jewish mandate of tikkun olam — the responsibility of every person to make the world a better place.
JCCA is authorized by the Council on Accreditation and recognized as a provider that continues to successfully
implement high performance standards and is delivering the highest
quality services to all of its stakeholders.
Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse.