In 58 days we'll be together again, this time in San Diego at Biennial 2013. We are excited to share plans to continue to expand and redouble our efforts. There will be opportunities for teens, parents, congregational leaders, youth engagement professionals, educators, and clergy to think, learn, collaborate, reflect, and continue to take action together:
Share in the findings of the youth engagement study and participate in the development and implementation of the plan
Attend the first-ever 4 hour Youth Engagement Intensive which will explore the pressing questions of our time including:
How are young people blazing paths in the world?
What tools and techniques are necessary in a more youth-centered culture?
With teens searching for answers beyond the synagogue, how will the role of the youth practitioner change and how will it remain constant?
Is the concept of youth ministry one that can be successfully adapted to the Reform Movement?
Participate in learning sessions that will share successful strategies, generate conversation and inspire innovation in your congregation including:
Collaborative Innovation: Models of Camp-Congregation Partnership
Community of Practice: Experimenting with Innovative Approaches to Engaging Young Families
B'nai Mitzvah Revolution: Lessons Learned in the First Year
Service Learning: A Meaningful Tool for Engagement and Justice
A Journey of Transformation: Taking the "School" Out of "Religious School" and Beyond
Network with others committed to engaging the next generation
Reconnect with alumni of NFTY, camps, Israel programs, Mitzvah Corps, and all other URJ youth programs at the largest cohort gathering at the biennial
Bring teens with you to partake in the new NFTY Teens at Biennial experience which has lowered the cost for teens with home-host options, and offers new opportunities to participate in both teen-only sessions and those on the Biennial schedule.