Litty Medalia joined the JVS team over 13 years ago. She serves as the Lead Vocational ESOL Instructor in our Refugee Services Department, and received her M.Ed. from Antioch University. Litty feels privileged to work with terrific colleagues, volunteers, and people from all over the world as they find jobs and a better life in Boston. Litty also greatly values the chance to collaborate for a win/win. An example is the relationship she built with MCPHS, Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic and the Whittier Street Health Center.
The partnership started 12 years ago when Litty’s former student, a Tibetan refugee, enrolled at Forsyth and wanted to give back by giving a presentation about oral hygiene to Litty's class. Since then, the relationship with Forsyth has grown considerably, and other oral hygiene schools across the U.S. have learned how to replicate our model. Now Forsyth oral hygienists work together with the Whittier Street Health Center to offer comprehensive free dental care to JVS clients and their families. Since this partnership began, thousands of JVS refugee students have received dental care at no cost, and we are so grateful to Litty for starting, maintaining, and growing this wonderful collaboration! Litty is pictured above (center) with Forsyth graduates Kayla Renteria (left) and Anna Kotecka (right).