JVS SoCal and Friese Foundation Help Students Achieve their Dreams

The Friese Foundation is proud to support organizations that benefit veterans, first responders, animal rescues, youth education, mental health, and other important causes. The foundation’s goal is to bridge the gap from “hopelessness to wholeness” and create life-changing, impactful opportunities through the power of philanthropy.

Among other organizations, the Friese Foundation supports JVS SoCal. Through the JVS Scholarship Program, the Friese Foundation provides need-based financial aid to Jewish students in the greater Los Angeles area, helping them achieve their educational dreams.

JVS SoCal launched its Scholarship Program nearly 50 years ago, in 1972. Since then, the organization has granted more than 5,400 scholarships in partnership with its private donors.
Over the years, the talented students receiving these scholarships have used the funds to pursue degrees at the junior college, university, and graduate level, and to complete programs at vocational schools. They attend educational institutions across the country.

The JVS Scholarship Program has had a profound, tangible impact on students’ lives. For example, Skylar Jordan Laham, the recipient of a scholarship funded by the Friese Foundation and another private donor, is studying the emerging field of bioastronautics and mechanical engineering, with a focus on rocket science. He is interested in creating technologies to boost human performance in extreme environments. “The JVS Scholarship Program has enabled me to excel in school and for that I am incredibly grateful,” he said.

About JVS SoCal

JVS SoCal was established in LA at the height of the Great Depression in 1931. Created as the Federated Employment Bureau, its purpose was to help “all deserving men and women” secure employment. This sense of compassion and focus on empowering people to improve their lives have remained constant throughout the organization’s 90-year history. It adopted the name JVS SoCal in 2018.

Today, JVS SoCal is expanding its geographical reach across Southern California and now reaches almost 50,000 people per year through its many programs. It is recognized as a leader in workforce development. Through its free JVSWorks career training initiatives, more than 2,000 participants have secured jobs in growing fields, including healthcare, banking, and multifamily property maintenance. The program has an impressive 81% job placement rate. In addition, women can receive one-on-one career development coaching in a separate six-month program that pairs each participant with a mentor in her chosen field.

Meanwhile, JVS SoCal’s Veterans First program provides skills assessment, career coaching, free training, and job placement assistance to military personnel as they transition to civilian life. In addition to the Scholarship Program, JVS SoCal’s youth services include the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Program, which caters to young adults ages 17-24 who are no longer in school. Participants explore college and career options, obtain work experience and vocational training, and improve their financial literacy. JVS SoCal also serves more than 1,000 clients by referral in its Disability and Assessment division, which provides career coaching and vocational evaluation.

How you can help

JVS SoCal’s Scholarship Program and its other widely recognized initiatives are only possible with the help of donors like the Friese Foundation and many other private organizations, individuals, and corporate partners. Just $100 can provide a JVS SoCal client with professional clothes and a public transit voucher for job interviews.

To learn more about the many ways you can support the organization, including fundraising, volunteering, corporate giving, and legacy gifts, see jvs-socal.org/ways-to-support-us. If you are interested in supporting the JVS SoCal Scholarship Program, see jvs-socal.org/scholarship-donors.

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