EXCITING INITIATIVES IN 2021
JTEEN’s Professional Mentorship Fellowship will bring together seasoned professionals* with vast knowledge of the Jewish teen education and engagement landscape (7+ years) with new’ish’ professionals* (0-3 years) for a one-year guided opportunity. JTEEN membership is required for participation.
Mentors will learn how to prepare for, develop, and nurture a healthy and meaningful relationship with their mentee. Mentors will be able to collaborate with a national network of mentors, through Jewish LearningWorks’ Mentor Circle in order to engage in conversations about their mentorship role and growing their own professional network.
Mentees will learn the process and benefits of professional mentorship while learning alongside and working one-on-one with their mentor who will offer support, guidance, direction, and advice.
Participants will receive complimentary curricular materials.
Participants will receive 50% off the 2021 JTEEN online conference. Mentors and mentees will have exclusive learning and/or networking sessions at the 2021 JTEEN conference.
The initiative will culminate in a recognition and certificate ceremony (siyum) for both mentors and mentees.
Mini-pilot – February 2021-July 2021; full launch August 2021-July 2022
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Virtual Training
Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 1:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
Register at: http://bit.ly/YMHFAAPRIL2021 (FREE for JTEEN community!!! Limited spot available, so register early!)
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an evidence-based certification that teaches adults how to support young people, ages 12-21. Any professional in the Jewish community, caring adult or parent will benefit from the training, which will be framed in a Jewish context.
This is a 6.5-hour virtual program (1.5 hours individual learning; 5 hours group learning) provided at NO COST!
Youth Mental Health First Aiders will learn how to distinguish between typical adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges most common to young people: anxiety, depression, eating or substance use disorders, and the impact of social media and bullying. Walk away with strategies for self-care and a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
The Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative is grateful to have received a grant from Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) and Crown Family Philanthropies to dramatically increase the number of individuals trained in YMHFA this Spring, in partnership with the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
Learn more about this program by visiting: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/youth/
Spotlight on Social Justice (in partnership with Jewish LearningWorks)
There are numerous organizations that currently create and implement programs for teens focused on repairing the world. In this series, we highlight a handful of organizations in order to learn about the teen program they offer, their philosophy of education, and how they go about planning and executing their programs. Come learn about these programs and take some time to workshop the ideas that you have for your own teens, or promote these programs to your teens.
Jewish LearningWorks, located in San Francisco, GA is an organization that elevates the field of Jewish education by nurturing educators, inspiring innovation, and promoting Jewish literacy. We look forward to connecting with others around the country who care about engaging our teens in meaningful ways to their community.
January 26 from 11am-12:30 Pacific, Spotlight on Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS)
JFCS’ YouthFirst program helps teens develop the necessary life skills to move into young adulthood smoothly, successfully, and responsibly through a Jewish values-based lens.
February 9 from 11am-12:30 Pacific, Spotlight on Tivnu Gap Year
The Tivnu Gap Year is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement.
February 24 from 10:30- 12:00 Pacific, Spotlight on Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA)
Jewish Youth for Community Action is a youth-led organization that empowers Jewish youth to take action for social justice through innovative leadership development, community organizing and education.
March 17 from 12:00 pm-1:30 PM Pacific, Spotlight on Repair the World
Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world.
April 6 from 11:00-12:30pm Pacific, Spotlight on Avodah
Avodah develops lifelong social justice leaders whose work is informed by Jewish values and who inspire the Jewish community to work toward a more just and equitable world.
May 11 from 11:00-12:30 PM Pacific, Spotlight on Religious Action Center (RAC)
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) works to educate, inspire, and mobilize the Reform Jewish Movement to advocate for social justice.
May 24, from 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific, Spotlight on Jewish Teen Funders Netowrk (JTFN)
The Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) creates tools, curricula and training sessions for professionals and organizations to deliver high-quality philanthropic education and experiences that empower youth to fund real change.
Join us for all of the workshops, or pick the ones that work for you and your schedule.
Registration is free, however, registration is required to receive the link in advance of the workshop. Register at: https://www.tfaforms.com/4862258
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org