Journal of Youth Engagement is a forum of ideas and dialogue on Inspired Engagement. Join the conversation by submitting your article on the strategies and methodologies you are experimenting with to engage youth in your community.
One of the goals of junior youth group events is to encourage high school youth group involvement. But when Jen's 7th and 8th grade students spent most of the JYG shul-in feeling uncomfortable and overwhelmed, she realized that something had to change. Read more>
Picture this: third grade students enter a classroom which has been transformed into a Bedouin tent. They practice the mitzvah of welcoming others by handing out tea and acting out short conversations in Hebrew. They make their own tiny greenhouses and plant sprouts to learn about Negev culture. This is Kashkesh, an immersive Hebrew language program. Read more>
As NFTY Regional Staff, some of the most successful programs that we have seen in our regions have developed from a partnership between synagogue professionals and teens in the same communities. Teens in our congregations enjoy seeing their friends outside of regional events and outside of their own congregations. Teens today are looking for the "congregation-to-congregation" interaction. Read more>
Inclusion is not social action. We do not do inclusion for people with disabilities. Rather, it is incumbent upon us to figure out how all the things we do can be inclusive. Inclusion can seem overwhelming for a community that has not previously offered inclusive programming. Often the hardest part is getting started. Read more>