SERVICES IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Bukharian Teen Lounge
The Bukharian Teen Lounge is a comprehensive after-school program located in Forest Hills, Queens. Our mission is to help immigrant teens to successfully integrate into the larger American community while maintaining their rich cultural heritage. The program is open to all youth, and Russian-speaking staff members enable the program to be culturally sensitive to the specific needs of youth from the Bukharian Community.
BUKHARIAN TEEN LOUNGE:
At 17, Daniela, a senior at Bayside High School, is determined to make the most out of her life in America. She has seen her parents sacrifice a great deal— uprooting the family from Uzbekistan and then from Israel—to give their four children the best possible opportunities. At the same time, Daniela is proud of her Bukharian heritage and equally determined that it will continue to be a central part of her life. For her, the balancing act has been made a lot easier by the Bukharian Teen Lounge, where she has found peers and a caring staff to help her negotiate life in America. Read more >
We strive to inspire and empower young people to lead healthy, active, and productive lives as caring and self-aware community members. We help teenagers clarify and work toward their personal, academic, and professional goals. We provide individual and group counseling and support. We offer a safe and comfortable space for youth to spend meaningful time with friends and explore the treasures of their heritage. The BTL’s new Adolescent Literacy program also serves middle school émigré students who recently arrived from Central Asia (speaking Russian, Farsi, Tajik, and Uzbek). JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge is a home away from home where, in partnership with caring staff, young people develop creative and relevant programs, and learn through experience and service.