JF&CS is excited to welcome Samantha Walsh as our new Journey to Safety TeenSafe Fellow. With a background in working with adolescents, Samantha welcomes the opportunity to give teens the language and tools they need to recognize abuse in a dating relationship. Samantha will focus on training the 2019-2020 cohort of teen leaders, bringing workshops to various community organizations and synagogues, and working to enhance awareness about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month through the Orange4Love campaign.
Samantha has spent most of her professional career working with teens. After graduating with her B.A. in political science from Allegheny College, Samantha moved from Rhode Island to Atlanta to work for the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta as the BBYO assistant council director. She spent three-and-a-half years there before moving back to New England to pursue her master’s in social work from Salem State University.
After receiving her master’s, Samantha spent time as an intern school adjustment counselor and in-home therapy support clinician before turning her attention back to the Jewish community. Since 2014, Samantha has continued to serve as the regional director for BBYO New England, a region within the largest, pluralistic, international Jewish youth movement. She was recently a recipient of CJP’s Chai in the Hub 2020, which recognizes 12 young adults who strive personally and professionally to better Boston’s Jewish community.
She is excited to take on this role with JF&CS and provide teens with the skills to prevent dating violence in the Jewish community.
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