JVS Students Head to College
Last month we celebrated with 51 students as they completed our Bridges to College and English for Academic Success programs. The Bridges to College students will be going to either Bunker Hill Community College or Quincy College to continue their education and receive a post-secondary certificate or degree. Representative Denise Provost addressed the students at the graduation, and we thank her for inspiring our students and her support of this program.

We are also grateful to the funders of this program, including JPMorgan Chase, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Citi Foundation and Citizen’s Charitable Foundation, State Street Foundation, SkillWorks, Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation, and Highland Street Foundation. We wish our students much success as they continue their studies and reach for their career dreams!
Barr Foundation Selects JVS CEO for Prestigious Fellowship
The Barr Foundation recently selected JVS President & CEO Jerry Rubin to join its 2019 class of Barr Fellows. The 2019 Barr Fellows were selected based on their personal qualities, organizational impact, and track record of collaboration to advance Greater Boston's community and civic agendas. Awarded every two years, this competitive fellowship includes a group learning journey outside the U.S., a 3-month sabbatical, leadership coaching, and facilitated retreats. JVS will receive a financial award from the Barr Foundation to support Jerry’s participation in the fellowship, leadership team and organizational development, and exploration of new ideas.
JVS Welcomes Jonathan Nierman as New Chief Development Officer
Photo of Jonathan Nierman, JVS's new Chief Development officer
We are excited to announce that Jonathan Nierman will be joining JVS as our new Chief Development Officer! In this position, Jonathan will drive JVS's major gifts program and provide strategic direction and oversight for the development team, including communications, institutional support, and events. He is looking forward to joining an organization with a culture, history, and mission that closely aligns with his values and experience.

Jonathan previously served as the Regional Director of Development at American Jewish Committee. Prior to AJC, Jonathan served as a donor relations officer at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We are excited to welcome Jonathan to the JVS community!
Faces of JVS: Leyla Negalgn
Leyla standing with her career coach and DTA officials, receiving her certificate at the State House.
Leyla Negalgn was born in Ethiopia and lived in Egypt for 6 years. This past February, Leyla, her husband Yohanes, and their two young children came to the United States and were resettled in Boston. Both Leyla and Yohanes struggled to find work, and they came to JVS to help them find their first jobs in the United States. JVS helped them arrange childcare using a voucher from DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance), access transportation, improve their English skills, and search for work. Leyla and Yohanes both found find full-time jobs at Bonapita and are able to practice their English skills at work. This past month, Leyla spoke about her journey at DTA's Client Celebration at the State House. One day, Leyla hopes to be a designer, and she is continuing to work with JVS on reaching her career goals. Pictured above from left to right: DTA Associate Commissioner Amy Kershaw, Leyla Negalgn, JVS Career Coach Abdel Razak Kawaf, and DTA Commissioner Jeff McCue.