The Rosenthal JCC today announced the promotion of Allison Langer to the expanded position of Director of Youth and Teen Services. In her new role, Allison will oversee both the JCC After School Program and Teen Programs.
"We couldn’t be more thrilled that Allison has accepted this position at the Rosenthal JCC," said Ellie Aronowitz, Executive Director. "She has proven herself time and again to be amazingly in tune with and sensitive to families’ needs in developing high-quality programs and services. She has an uncanny ability to relate with both youth and parents. Allison is a mentor and a mentsch."
Allison will be responsible for all of the After School Programs, including the After School PLUS childcare program, After School Specialty Classes, Vacation Mini-Camps, PlAyCaRe (as-needed child care), and Religious School Transportation. She will continue to organize and run programs for teens in Northern Westchester, including new leadership-development programs and services to help teens develop their own philanthropic initiatives.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know the After School Program families this coming year, and to partner with parents in helping their children grow and develop," Langer said. "I have chosen a career of working with children because I believe that making a difference in a child’s life is the most meaningful thing in the world. I started working as a camp counselor when I was still in high school, and I am still amazed and awed by how they have as much to teach me as I have to teach them."
For the past six years, Allison has been the Rosenthal JCC’s Director of Teen Services and Assistant Director at JCC Camp Discovery. She was the founding professional of the JCC’s new Teen Services department, and in this role has touched the lives of hundreds of teens who participate in the expanding programs and services. Under her stewardship, she has grown the teen governing body, the Youth Leadership Council, to a cadre of 18 passionate and active teen leaders. She has also developed programs that connect teens with younger children, including Teens Engaged As Mentors (T.E.A.M.) and Gym Buddies. In addition, Allison has served as the staff manager of The Mitzvah Project, a program that provides families, youth and teens the opportunity to participate in local hands-on community service projects (The Mitzvah Project is developed, organized and sponsored by the Ziff family).
Before working at the RJCC, Allison worked at UJA-Federation of New York in development and agency relations. Prior to that, she worked at the Pleasantville Cottage Schoolas a Cottage Parent. She has worked as a counselor in various summer camps, including at Ramapo Anchorage in Rhinebeck in the area of special needs. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from American University.
In addition, Jackie Loiola and Penny Badia will continue to work in the After School Program as Co-Coordinators. Between the two of them, they have 14 years of combined experience working in the After School Program and have both held leadership positions in the program for the last few years. Jackie started out working for the Rosenthal JCC as a Counselor at JCC Camp Discovery during high school. For the past seven years, Jackie has been a Counselor in the After School Program and an Assistant Teacher in the JCC Preschool. Penny Badia has also worked at the Rosenthal JCC for seven years. In addition to being a Counselor in the After School Program and an Assistant Teacher in the JCC Preschool, Penny is also the Aquatics Director at JCC Camp Discovery.
"Please join me congratulating this dynamic new team as they carry on the tradition of caring for families in our After School Program!" Aronowitz said.