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University Settlement Society


Founded in 1886, University Settlement Society is one of New York's most dynamic social service institutions with deep roots on the Lower East Side. Each year University Settlement's diverse programs help over 25,000 low-income and at-risk people build better lives for themselves and their families.


Alyssa  is a confident and articulate college senior, who is currently studying Social Work at Hunter College.  So, to hear her say that she was extremely shy when she first began her involvement with QCH is surprising. “I had the most wonderful mentor here at QCH, who helped me to grow and break out of my shell,” Alyssa explains.

It’s a good thing that she’s broken out of her shell, since her job as program assistant for QCH’s NICE (Neighborhood Intergenerational Chore and Errand) Program, requires Alyssa to be in communication with the student employees that she supervises as well as the frail older adults who are served by the program.

“What I love about working at QCH is that I know I am helping to make a difference in the lives of young people and seniors, and I am building relationships that matter.  I benefitted so greatly from QCH programs like the college preparedness programs, where I received crucial information about navigating the financial aid and college application process and different scholarship opportunities.  It is a pleasure and an honor for me to pass on my knowledge and experience and to be able to mentor other students,” she explains.

Alyssa’s experience working with older adults at QCH has influenced her future career goals.  Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus in geriatrics.

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