6 Ways to Prep for NFTY Convention: The Countdown Begins!

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6 Ways to Prep for NFTY Convention: The Countdown Begins!

Here’s the big news teens have been waiting for: We’re thrilled to announce that Chicago will be home to the next NFTY Convention and Youth Engagement Summit, taking place February 17-20, 2017!

NFTY Convention is a one-of-a-kind event that gives Jewish high school students from all across North America the opportunity to gather with more than 1,000 of their peers. At NFTY Convention, Jewish teens shape the Reform Movement – while having a great time together! Attendees will learn valuable leadership skills, build and strengthen relationships, and laugh, learn, and sing as one community. Teens will leave NFTY Convention with the agency to make change in the world today, without having to wait for permission to pursue justice tomorrow.

The Youth Engagement Summit, an event especially for adult professionals and lay leaders who work with Jewish youth, takes place concurrent to NFTY Convention. This gathering is an opportunity for deep learning and development around youth engagement, as well as for networking and sharing best practices.

If you care deeply about mentorship, social justice, community, and leadership, NFTY Convention 2017 is the place for you. In the meantime, here are six ways to start planning for NFTY Convention.

  1. Add the NFTY Convention dates to your program calendar.

    Make it easy for teens to attend by not scheduling youth group events or anything else at the same time as NFTY Convention. Plan to "excuse" teen attendees from religious school that week.
  2. Add the Youth Engagement Summit dates to your professional staff calendar.

    This year’s adult conference will include opportunities for teams to attend together and for youth practitioners to focus on their craft. It will run concurrent to the teen experience, so plan for staff to make the trip, too.
  3. Prepare for budget season.

    Ensure your congregation is represented at these events by budgeting now for teen scholarships and staff participation. Pricing and scholarship information will be available in early March 2016.
  4. Develop a fundraising strategy.

    Work with your teens to create opportunities for fundraising, and build these events into your calendar. Here are some ideas to get teens involved in fundraising for their Convention experience.
  5. Use our ready-made save-the-date materials.

    Share about this opportunity in your congregation by using our recruitment toolkit for social media graphics and sample posts.
  6. Stay informed.

    Sign up to get updates about programmatic developments, key speakers, and more.

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

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Dan Lange is the Union for Reform Judaism's associate director of camping and the director of NFTY Convention.

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