Jewish Home Lifecare provides a broad spectrum of care and serves as a resource on concerns of aging for elders and caregivers. Their Research Institute on Aging works to expand knowledge of the aging experience and models of service, to contribute to the quality of care and quality of life afforded older adults and their families. Jewish Home Lifecare’s staff, trustees and partners strive to be a vital force in serving elders and those who care for them.

Since 2006, the Geriatric Career Development (GCD) Program of Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL) has helped at-risk New York City high school students climb career ladders in health care. The GCD Program involves a three year structured work-based learning curriculum, internships, academic support, social services, college test preparation and college and career counseling.

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The Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program works with students starting in their sophomore year through graduation. The program provides tutoring, SAT prep, college readiness, and vocational training in either Certified Nursing Assistant or Pharmacy Technician. A-List offers workshops on such topics as Educational Goals, College Options and Readiness, College Selection, Personal Statement/College Essay, College Application, Financial Aid, Making the Right Decision, and College Transition. We provide one-to-one advising sessions starting in students’ junior year to help with the college selection process; and continue through their senior year assisting with the college and financial aid application process.

A-List provides a comprehensive college readiness component to GCD’s program by combining a myriad of workshops with individualized advisement sessions. A-List’s host of college readiness workshops provide each student with the tools necessary to make informed decisions around college admissions. The workshop series starts in their sophomore year with College 101 and Identifying Educational Goals. Junior year students begin to create their college roadmap with Getting Your House in Order and Assess Your Readiness, and then begin to set the criteria for their strategic college search with Examining Your College Options, and College Selection. As the students make their way towards senior year, we begin with the College Essay, College Applications, and Financial Aid workshops. Students also received individual advisement sessions to review transcripts, revise essays, and complete college and financial aid applications. A-List sees the students through the entire admissions process and ends with sessions to compare financial aid packages. A-List also coordinators two college roundtable events, and provides additional workshops to parents.


“The A-List program in the Jewish Home Lifecare (GCD) internship was extremely helpful. With all the stress of being a high school senior, A-List help get a weight of my shoulders. I learned so many things that would help me in the future and to possibly help others. This program made my senior year much easier.” 

-JHL Student, Natalie D., Fashion Institute of Technology, Class of 2018

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