Franchesca Ortiz, Lantern Community Services’ Program Director for Cedars Hall, graduated this week from the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development’s Family Development Training and Credentialing Program.
Franchesca was selected for the competitive DYCD scholarship last year, committing to 90 hours of intensive study at Cuny’s Manhattan campus. The program trains frontline staff to help families capitalize on their strengths and set attainable goals. At Cedars Hall, Franchesca manages programming for nearly 100 formerly homeless and low-income families, and says that what she’s learned over the past few months has already made a difference to how she approaches her work.
The program was an empowering experience for me, enhancing my knowledge and my expertise for the people we serve at Cedars. It was also important that it was a collaborative journey with like-minded peers, sharing the same passion, commitment, and respect for the work we do for children, youth, individuals, and families.
Franchesca Ortiz, Program Director, Cedars Hall
The graduation ceremony was held at John Jay College, and DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong addressed the graduates, thanking them for their commitment and important work with families in the city.