Emilia Diamant, MSW, is the executive director of the Jeremiah Program-Boston. The Jeremiah Program works with low-income single moms and their children to help transition families from poverty to prosperity, two generations at a time. She has taught in Boston, New York, Costa Rica, North Carolina, Ukraine and Italy, in many languages and settings. Emilia was a JOIN for Justice organizing fellow in 2012-2013. In Boston, she has worked for the Brandeis Office of High School Programs and MissionSafe. In North Carolina, she has worked for Centro Para Familias Hispanas, Peer Bridgers of PAI Raleigh and in transitional foster-care homes and mental-health facilities. She now lives in West Roxbury with her boyfriend and their dog, Mabel. She has deep passions for the Red Sox and Beyoncé.
While I was definitely nervous about how we’d connect across distance, I have been blown away by these young people.