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I am Jahreek Beatty, or as our youth like to call me, "Mr. B". I am Director of Education & Community Engagement at Hudson Guild. As Director of Education & Community Engagement, my role is to provide support to those who are in need of services, and uplift our youth so they reach their fullest potential. I also provide staff with the tools they need to connect with youth in a more meaningful and productive way. The most enjoyable part of my job is when a young adult comes to us in a time of need, and we are able to provide them with the skills and strategies to overcome obstacles and attain new short and long-term goals. The most difficult part of the position is not having enough hours in a day to provide support to those who need it. We try to make every hour count but still there isn't always enough. My proudest moment was in 2018 when we collaborated with NYCHA Elliott Chelsea Tenants Association President Darlene Waters for Family Day. Through our outreach efforts, we received a lot of congratulatory emails from other organizations, stating it was the largest youth presence they had seen at an event like this. I dream of vacationing in Venice, Italy one day, on the boats going through the city.
This summer, some of Hudson Guild's teens, as well as 4th and 5th graders, have the opportunity to learn archery. This is thanks to Hidden Gems Archery, which comes to two of our locations to give lessons to our youth participants. Deputy Director Wilson Cano shared the reason why bringing archery to our youth is important "Exposing our youth to different experiences than they are accustomed to will teach them to have an open mind, and be more versatile as they grow older and progress into professional adults."
On July 29th, the gallery at Fulton Center reopened to the public, with the presentation of The Portrait Project by Rusty Zimmerman. This show is not only a testament to the members of our community but of this historic period in time when Hudson Guild helped vaccinate the community. The paintings in the gallery were painted in the same space they are being shown. The gallery will be open to the public Tuesday- Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the show will run until September 22.
**Rita Condado, who turned 102 years old the day she sat for the portrait above, recently passed away on June 21, 2021. We send our condolences to her friends and family.**
Please join me in extending our best wishes to Miguel Pedraza-Cumba, Deputy Executive Director, who is retiring from Hudson Guild on August 18th. Miguel has been an esteemed member of the Guild for 29 years and he will be greatly missed by all. We know all of you will join us in wishing Miguel well as he starts a new chapter in his life.
Hudson Guild Gallery at the Elliot Center will reopen on Thursday, August 5th with a reception for Denise Corley: Vigilance-Shields and Totems between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The show will be open to the general public from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesdays - Fridays until October 5th.
August 5- Denise Corley: Vigilance - Shields and Totems Opening Reception, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Hudson Guild Gallery I, The Elliott Center, 441 West 26th Street
August 28- Back to School Bash in front of the Elliott Center.
Whether you're looking for full-time or part-time employment, a permanent position or one for the summer, Hudson Guild currently has a number of job opportunities available.
To view all jobs, please visit hudsonguild.bamboohr.com/jobs.