Thank You to Jewish Vocational Service, Community Champion
Congratulations to Jewish Vocational Service, recognized as a Community Champion by the KCPS Board of Directors!
We started the Community Champion award to recognize partners and express gratitude for the sustained and extraordinary services they provide to our schools and system.Through the highs and lows of refugee resettlement and punitive domestic and foreign policies, JVS has provided critical services and support to our most under-served students and communities. JVS has been an integral part of opening the KCPS International Welcome Center. When schools and departments need interpretation and translation, we turn to JVS. Together, we work to identify and address gaps in services to create programming that is responsive to community needs.
When hundreds of Afghan families made Kansas City their home, JVS partnered with KCPS to host hotel school and mobile enrollment. When we enrolled over 20 Afghan girls at East High School that had never had the opportunity to go to school, the JVS team created and continues to lead a support group for them to ensure they are comfortable and successful. As more unaccompanied youth from Central America have fled to Kansas City, JVS created a team dedicated to supporting those students and their educational goals by partnering with KCPS staff and schools.
"Every parent I've talked to has said they're here for their kids and their education," Meaghan Fanning, JVS Youth Program Manager, told the school board as she accepted the Community Champion award on behalf of her organization.
Truly we would not be able to do this work without Jewish Vocational Service and their commitment to our students. They are a true Community Champion. Thank you, JVS, for partnering with our school district.