Jewish Community Services (JCS)  

JOIN is a program of Jewish Community Services, which is comprehensive human services agency of The Associated. Because life presents all of us with challenges, JCS offers a broad range of services that help you find solutions. To learn about all that JCS has to offer, visit www.jcsbaltimore.org or call 410-466-9200.   Some JCS services that may be of special interest to teens and their families include:

  • Career Center                                                                                                                                      

Learn about the world of work, explore different careers, and acquire the skills you need to stand out and get a job in today’s challenging market.  You can meet one-on-one with an experienced Career Coach, and attend Job Fairs to connect to local employers for jobs or internships.  JCS also offers workshops especially for teens on how to interview on the phone or in person; how to write a cover letter, resume and thank you note; where to look for jobs on the internet and how to network with friends and family to get hired.  If you have special needs, JCS can help you transition from your school to a job and provide the supports that you need to succeed.  

  • Counseling and Therapy Services                                                                                                            

JCS’ experienced licensed mental health professionals can help teens, adults, children and families address situations that cause emotional distress, including stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, family conflict, relationship issues, life transitions and more.

ifIknew is a project designed for young adults. Through its website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, ifIknew shares information about issues that are important to you like relationships, alcohol and other drugs, HIV/AIDS, body image, bullying and more, and has blogs, resources and tools to help you stay informed and to make healthy decisions.

Check it out:  Website: ifIknew.org  / Facebook: facebook.com/ifIknew  / Twitter:twitter.com/ifIknew_jcs

The Jewish Big Brother Big Sister program offers Jewish children and teens (ages 7- 17) from single-parent families and others who need support the chance to have the Big Brother or Big Sister in their lives that they have always wanted - someone wonderful who will hang out with them, share pizza, play ball, really listen, and most important - be a real, trusted friend.  To learn more call 410-466-9200 or email blhecht@jcsbaltimore.org.  

  • Special Connections                                                                                                                          

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?  Spend a few hours twice a month socializing with adults who have special needs. Listen to music, play board games, do a craft activity together, celebrate a Jewish holiday.  This is also a great opportunity to earn community service hours or add something special to your college resume.  Guidance and support are provided.