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The JCY-Westchester Community Partner’s mission is to enhance the educational experience of children in Westchester County through effective learning initiatives and the engagement of volunteer mentors.

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Celebration of Excellence
June 5, 2016

On Sunday, June 5th JCY-Westchester Community Partners (a division of Family Service Society of Yonkers) honored Outstanding Educators, Supporters, Scholarship Awardees, Holocaust Remembrance Program Contest Winners and our 700+ Corps of Mentors/Volunteers at our 2nd annual Celebration of Excellence brunch at The Westchester Manor.

The Mission of JCY-WCP is to enhance the educational experience of children in Westchester County through effective learning initiatives and the engagement of volunteer mentors.  The mission is accomplished through 9 programs: SMART (Students and Mature Adults Read Together), Reading Buddies After School, Summer Reading Buddies, Intro 2 America, Open Book, Holocaust Remembrance Program, Scholarship Program, SHINE and Generating STEAM (full after school programs).

 Over 200 guests, including Community Leaders, YPS School Administrators, Elected Officials, family and friends gathered to acknowledge the success of these programs and to Celebrate Excellence in everything accomplished by JCY-Westchester Community Partners.

Caption: All Winners and Honorees


Caption: Yonkers Middle High School Principal and Winner, Leader in Education Award Jane Wermuth, with Master of Ceremonies Eric Schoen


Caption: Legislator Ken Jenkins, Assemblywoman, Scholarship Grantor and Advocate for Education Award winner Shelley Mayer, JCY-WCP Senior Director Janice Lubin Kirschner, NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, FSSY Executive Director Seth Berman, FSSY Board Member Stan Selbst


Photos Courtesy of Stuart Scott


A complete list of winners and honorees follows.


Lubin Memorial Literacy Program Award - Volunteer of the Year
Donna Mascia & Pat Vacchelli

Advocate for Education Award
Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer

Leadership In Education Awards
Paul Diamond & Jane Wermuth


Holocaust Remembrance Program Art/Essay Contest Winners
Chandia Chansrisuriyawong, Venus Samuel, Ali Thabet, Benito Moneta



Anna Shereff Community Service Scholarship in Memory of Louis H. Shereff:

Stephanie Walls, Palisades Prep

Audrey Roshkind Scholarship for Gorton High School- Medical

Tricia Marisse Magat, Gorton High School

Bernice E. Jutkowitz Performing Arts Scholarship

Merissa J. Beddows, Yonkers Montessori Academy

Dr. Beth & Chuck Schorr Lesnick Junior Leadership Award

Noah Tattleman Parnes, The Fieldston School

Gloria Fields & Andrew Seligson Music Scholarship

Ms. Teresa Ramoni, St. Vincent Ferrer High School


J. David Jutkowitz Law Scholarship

Ms. Jazmin Yeje, Lincoln High School

Shelley Mayer & Lee Smith Law/ Public Service Scholarship

Ms. Jamika Holmes, Roosevelt High School

Sheryl Chasin Scholarship for a Student with Learning Disabilities

Alfred J. Tignonsini, Yonkers Montessori Academy

Tara Rosenbaum Journalism Scholarship

Eamon McCaffrey, Fordham Prep

Walshin Entrepreneurial Scholarship (Female)

Elisa Pereyra, Lincoln High School 

Walshin Entrepreneurial Scholarship (Male)

Jeffrey Cheru, Yonkers Montessori Academy

Alfred Weissman Real Estate, LLC Community Service/ Academics Scholarship

Juan Cambeiro, Yonkers Middle High School

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MetLife Foundation 


Generations United 

presented a

2013 Best Intergenerational Communities Award


Westchester County

The combination of


(Students and Mature Adults Read Together)


Reading Buddies After School

was selected nationally in 2011 and 2014 as a