Chazaq, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and enriching the lives of youth, proudly held a ribbon-cutting event for its new, state-of-the-art Chazaq Youth Center in Forest Hills. The momentous event took place with the esteemed presence of distinguished elected officials, underlining the center’s significance as a transformative space for local public-school students.

The Chazaq Youth Center stands as a beacon of hope and growth, offering a nurturing environment for students participating in Chazaq’s renowned Shaping Lives for children and Jwave programs for teens. A true home away from home, the center is designed to foster personal development, educational enrichment, and engaging recreational activities, creating a well-rounded experience for the youth.

At the heart of the celebration, the students themselves took center stage, performing the ribbon-cutting honors. This symbolic gesture solidified their role as active participants in shaping the destiny of the Chazaq Youth Center. Rabbi Yaniv Meirov, the visionary behind this endeavor, delivered inspiring opening remarks, highlighting the organization’s commitment to empowering young minds and strengthening the community’s foundation.

The distinguished gathering of elected officials added a sense of significance and endorsement to the occasion. Notable figures present included Congresswoman Grace Meng, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, State Senator Leroy Comrie, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Members James Gennaro, Vickie Paladino, and Lynn Schulman, and Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi. Their presence underscored the communal support and shared vision for a brighter future for the youth.

The Chazaq Youth Center promises to be a vital hub for personal and communal growth. With a focus on nurturing talent, fostering leadership skills, and providing a safe haven for exploration, the center aspires to create a generation of empowered individuals poised to make a lasting impact on society.