2015-11-25 / Front Page

Queens Community House Announces New Associate Executive Director

Executive Director Ben Thomases has announced the appointment of Helena Ku as Queens Community House’s new Associate Executive Director for Youth Services.

Ku has worked for QCH since 1991, where she started out as a Social Work Intern. Subsequent positions included a Summer Camp Counselor, Youth Employment Coordinator, College and Career Counselor, and Director of the Access for Young Women Leadership Program, which she helped develop into the successful program model it is today. In her most recent role as Deputy Director of Youth Services, Ku led a dramatic expansion of QCH’s after school programs, which today operates in three elementary and four middle schools in Forest Hills, Jamaica, and Flushing.

As Associate Executive Director for Youth Services, Ku will oversee a department that consists of 25 distinct but connected programs with a budget of more than $7 million. QCH’s Youth Services impact nearly 4,000 children and young adults every year, with services that include academic support,  youth leadership development, four DOE-partnered alternative high schools, college access, and employment placement. 

Ku has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Stonybrook University/SUNY and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nyack College.  She is a lifelong resident of Queens and is more than happy to continue assisting the community she calls home.

“I have been blessed to have worked with great leaders and mentors who took the time to invest in my professional development, Ku said. “Growing up in NYC as the daughter of immigrants and attending public schools, I have always been drawn to work that offers young people and families the tools they need to thrive and become engaged members of the community. Being a part of QCH has given me that opportunity.”  

Ku is also involved with the Made Visible Foundation, which works with various groups, ranging from young people with life threatening illnesses to older adults addressing chronic or acute conditions, to create projects that allow them to be seen and heard

Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-service settlement house serving more than 20,000 children, youth, adults and older adults every year. Our mission is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. Through a broad network of programs operating out of 25 sites in 11 neighborhoods, we offer Queens residents a needed support system at every stage of life, helping them to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to change their lives for the better and become active participants in their larger community.

For more information, please contact Angelia Roggie at 718-592-5757 ext. 249 or at aroggie@qchnyc.org

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