JVS Honors NEXTGen Detroit with Community Partnership Award

October 14, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

In recognition of joint efforts to build a strong community connection for Jewish young adults, JVS honored the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s NEXTGen Detroit with the 2015 Community Partnership Award.

“JVS connects our community in many unique ways – and one of the most important is through connections with other organizations like NEXTGen,” said John E. Jacobs, JVS vice chair, at the awards presentation during the agency’s 74th Annual Meeting on October 8 in Southfield. “Through our united efforts, young adults are becoming more established and engaged within our Jewish community and proudly calling Detroit their home.”

For the past several years, JVS and NEXTGenDetroit have worked with college students and recent grads, helping them refine resumes, and learn how to conduct job searches and secure meaningful internships. Recently, a JVS job search specialist was hired to work exclusively with the NEXTGen population. This specialist shares her time between the JVS Diem Building in Southfield, and the NEXTGen Detroit offices at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

In 2013 the organizations launched NEXTWork to help young professionals establish and strengthen long-term career connections here in metropolitan Detroit through networking opportunities and financial education.

“NEXTWork hosts sought-after networking events at some of Detroit’s newest venues to give young professionals an opportunity to schmooze with seasoned business leaders,” said Jacobs. He expressed appreciation to Hadas and Dennis Bernard, both past chairs of JVS, who established the Hadas and Dennis Bernard NEXTWork Endowment Fund to support the initiative.

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