Cincinnati is undergoing a renaissance, becoming a world-class city that is vibrant, colorful, exciting and brimming with activity, and, through Cincinnati 2020, the Jewish community is playing a crucial role. But to continue this growth, we must encourage our young adults to stay here after college or to come back from bigger cities, and inspire non-natives to move to Cincinnati and build their lives and start their families. The Center’s first initiative, hiring Sammy Kanter as the Esther and Maurice Becker Networking and Mentoring Coordinator, will help make that happen.
He is charged with retaining and attracting young adults by connecting them with successful leaders, professionals and mentors who can help them become meaningfully established in the city. To today’s young adults, employment is only one piece of a full life; Sammy will help both new and existing community members engage socially and communally (in coordination with the Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD), The Mayerson Foundation’s Hillels at UC and Miami), as well as professionally (in coordination with JVS Career Services).
The Esther and Maurice Becker Professional Networking and Mentoring Center was established with a $1.75 million gift left by Esther Becker to the Jewish Federation. It was developed to address the Cincinnati 2020 priorities of expanding employment and career opportunities, increasing young adult participation and connecting college students to the community. Link Esther Becker video
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