Understanding Your Teen's ADHD

By Kevin Goldberg, B.A.

Children and Teens with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can face challenges throughout their academic career; one of which is preparing for, and taking college admission exams such as the ACT and SAT.  As you begin preparing for college exams, questions often arise around how to best support your teen’s success.  Although the emphasis universities place on these exams is slowly diminishing, success on these tests is still crucial for students.  Added to the stress and pressure of taking these exams, a teen with ADHD may also struggle with studying for these exams.

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1 in 10: Learning to Recognize Signs of Teen Dating Violence

By Betsy Lazerow, JCARES Outreach Coordinator

Your 13 year-old may appear to be completely absorbed in math club, sports and preparing for his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah – but 89% of 13 to 18 year-olds say they’re in or have had a dating relationship, according to a Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll.

US government statistics reveal that 1 in 10 Illinois teens was a victim of physical abuse by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year, so it’s not too early to have a conversation about healthy relationships. The first people most teens will turn to when they are being abused are their friends – but JCFS wants you to know what parents and community members can do to help prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

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Addiction and the Family: How to Help Children of Alcoholics

By Aimee Pecora, MA, Therapy Extern-Psychological Services, with help from Beth Fishman, PhD, Jewish Center for Addiction

Did you know?

  • One in five children grow up in a family system dealing with addiction.
  • Children of alcoholics are four times more likely to later develop addiction-related issues, such as difficulties with trust, anxiety, depression, and alcohol or drug addiction.

Considering these facts and in working with children, adolescents, and families, it is clear that addiction impacts the family system. There are several protective factors to consider or ways to reduce the negative impact of addiction, when working with children in a family system struggling with such issues.

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The Language of Business

By Kenny Smilovitch, Director of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center & Khosro Beik

Helping Immigrant Entrepreneurs Overcome Language Barriers

The Duman Entrepreneurship Center at JVS Chicago is offering a new, free class this fall that is tailored to one of the most successful categories of entrepreneurs: immigrants to the US.

“Our Language of Business training is a hybrid program aimed at the entrepreneur who needs to understand the language of business in order to expand a business outside the neighborhood where the business began,” said Kenny Smilovitch, Director of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center. “There is more opportunity if you can understand business English.”

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JVS Chicago Offers Low-interest Loans to Entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur who dreams of starting your own business and are willing to work to transform that dream into reality, JVS Chicago’s Duman Entrepreneurship Center can help with a combination of hands-on technical assistance, training in business operations and a three-year, very low-interest loan to get the business started.

Entrepreneurs who have a solid business plan, twelve months of realistic cash flow projections and some some relevant business experience can qualify to receive a low-interest small business loan up to a maximum of $15,000. Advisors are available to deliver practical guidance and advice and meet one-on-one with clients to help build the required documents. Once completed, the loan package is presented to a Loan Approval Committee. The Duman Loan Committee makes the final decision to reject or approve an application.

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After Your Big Idea, Before the Business Plan

By Kenny Smilovitch, Director of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center

An aspiring entrepreneur recently asked me, “What is the first thing I should do when considering starting a business for the very first time?” We often hear, “It is important to have a well-thought-out business plan,” a map that will guide us as we navigate the challenges en route to realizing our vision. But before we consider details of the plan such as business structure, registration, insurance and licenses, allow me to highlight a few components that I feel are critical before getting started: character, experience, marketing and support. So grab a coffee and let’s reflect on some ideas you may want to flesh out on your laptop or on the back of a napkin.

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Highlights from Hamburg-A Delicate Balance

By Dr. Yonit Hoffman, Manager, Holocaust Community Services

Throughout the week, most of our group quickly bonds. It is as if there is an unspoken familiarity, and we somehow find a balance between listening to each other’s stories, sharing our own, and finding and wondering about common experiences and crossed paths. The balancing act is, at least for me, a constant process throughout our visit to Germany. 

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Looking Further Back – Holocaust Survivors and Families Meet in Hamburg

By Dr. Yonit Hoffman, Manager, Holocaust Community Services

This is my second time coming to Germany. And, again, I feel an intense ambivalence and strange mixture of anticipation and apprehension. When I came three years ago, I wrote about this same feeling:

“In a million years, I never thought I would be on a plane on my way to Germany.  I grew up with a powerful and clear message; ‘We don’t buy German,’ we write ‘No Krups or Braun’ on our wedding registry, and we certainly don’t go to Germany.  When we have strayed from this edict and bought German, like our now defunct Bosch dishwasher or my grandfather’s used Mercedes ‘lemon,’ we are punished by dishes that don’t get clean and motors that need to be rebuilt. The reason? We are a ‘Survivor Family’ with all that means, all that comes with that identity.  And that also happens to be the exact reason that I am on a plane to Munich right now.

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