This unique one-year network provides support for new youth professionals by putting them in a peer learning cohort that meets twice a month. Supported by one another and colleagues from the field, the cohort completes an interactive on-line course that introduces them to the building blocks of creating a Jewish youth program from vision, to community building, to evaluation.

The Youth Professional 101 (YP101) Network is for professionals who are:

  • In the first two years of their position as a Youth Director/Advisor and are looking for a cohort of people to grow with
  • Looking for the skills and knowledge necessary to build a strong youth program
  • Ready to think deeply about youth engagement and create new and meaningful ways of engaging youth in Jewish life

There is no cost to participate in the YP101 Network for synagogue professionals from URJ congregations. 

Youth Professionals come in all shapes and sizes in our Reform Jewish world. This program is appropriate for anyone with the “hands-on” responsibility for providing informal/youth group experiences for teens (6th-12th grade) in their congregation. This can include full-time professionals, part-time professionals, and volunteers.

As a participant in the Youth Professional 101 Network you will:

  1. Be put in a cohort of 3-6 network members
  2. Meet twice monthly with your cohort from October-April (over zoom or in-person) to work through an online interactive course, taught by East Area Manager Beth Hancock, that will introduce you to the building blocks of Jewish youth engagement. Learn more about the course content.
  3. Attend monthly NFTY/teen engagement regional meetings to get to know the other youth professionals in your area
  4. Have your supervisor invited to 2-3 meetings to learn supervision strategies aligned with the online course
  5. Join a once a month “drop-in meeting” with Lynne Butner, Director of NFTY Engagement, to further reflect on your work, the course, and what you are learning.
  6. Have the opportunity to publish articles about your learnings in URJ national publications.

2021-22 Registration Closed