2005-08-18 / Other News

Canarsie Youth Interning At Museum Of Jewish Heritage

Toochi Ngwangwa giving a tour to visitors at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust where she is serving as a High School Apprentice for the summer.                           Melanie Einzig Toochi Ngwangwa giving a tour to visitors at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust where she is serving as a High School Apprentice for the summer. Melanie Einzig Toochi Ngwangwa, daughter of Immaculata Ngwangwa of Carnarsie,, is a High School Apprentice at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park City. A recent graduate of Brooklyn College Academy, Toochi will be a freshman at George Washington Uni-versity this fall and will be majoring in International Affairs. The Museum’s mission is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Jewish life over the past century - before, during, and after the Holocaust.

One of fifteen apprentices chosen from 70 applicants from New York City public schools, Ngwangwa is spending almost two months — July 5 to August 19 — learning the responsibilities and objectives of the museum’s Education, Communications, Finance & Administration, Collections & Exhibitions, Operations, Develop-ment, and Executive departments. Apprentices develop professional skills, gaining administrative experience and a greater understanding of the workplace, building relationships with mentors, interacting with a diverse group of peers, and gaining insight into career options.

Most importantly, they give tours to young people visiting the museum. Apprentices attended training after school during the winter and spring to learn about the museum’s collection, familiarize themselves with Jewish cul-ture, and learn how to give Museum tours.

“My apprenticeship has helped me realize that my dreams are possible. It has given me the opportunity to explore Jewish heritage, examine pivotal periods of the past through personal accounts, and see the world and myself differently,” said Toochi. “At the Museum, I am reminded of the beauty of unity, and I am challenged to be a better person in order to make the world a better place —tikkun olam.”

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