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Youth Professional 101 Fellowship


This unique one-year Fellowship is for new youth professionals to have the opportunity to learn with experts in the field, create a peer-to-peer learning group, and explore how to create meaningful and sustainable youth engagement models in their community. The Youth Professional 101 (YP101) Fellowship 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


The cost of the fellowship to the congregations' fellow to participate in the YP101 Fellowship covers the following: 

Fellowship 2020-2021 Cost: TBA

  1. Room and board at the in-person conference
  2. Conference Program Supplies 
  3. 2x a month mentorship cohort meetings 


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. Once the cohort is formed we will adapt the small group work to meet the needs of the participants and their varied schedules and roles.


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

Youth Professional 101 Fellows

  1. Attend the Congregation Connections Conference in September to learn with your cohort and experts from the field
  2. Meet twice monthly via interactive web meeting with a coaching group - a small group of peers led by an experienced youth professional serving as the group coach
  3. Participate in online conversations in the Tent, the URJ's social media platform
  4. Have the opportunity to publish articles about your learnings in URJ publications

Check out the overview of topics that will be covered during the in-person learning and coaching groups.

When asked at the end of the cohort survey, 70% of the 2018-2019 YP101 fellows stated that they are interested in further pursuing a career as a Jewish Professional because of their experience in the fellowship. We have seen this number hold steady over the past few years.


Details about the 2020-2021 Congregation Connections Conference

Dates:  TBA

Location: TBA

Details: The Congregation Connections Conference is a chance for the YP101 fellows to connect in-person, and learn from each other and experts in the field.

Travel: Congregations are responsible for the cost of travel for their fellow. We will offer transportation from and to the airport nearest the conference location 

*There is a Small Congregation Conference Scholarship available for congregations with 250 or fewer members.



Registration is now closed, email Erica Quamily for more information


Questions? Contact Erica B. Quamily, LMSW at, Program Manager for Innovation and Learning.

We are overjoyed to have 30+ Youth Professionals from across the country participating in the 2019-2020 Fellowship. Learn more about the 2018-2019 Youth Professional Development Fellows and their Mentors

This program is a collaboration of the URJ and the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion