Professional Development

Are you a part time, full time or aspiring youth professional?

You play a pivotal role in shaping teens’ Jewish identifies and providing meaningful milestones on their paths to becoming successful and engaged Jewish adults. Through Springboard we are committed to supporting and investing in you! We do this by offering professional development sessions on topics of import to our community, facilitating networking and mentorship opportunities and providing funding for self-development experiences.

Join us as we offer learning experiences in the areas of Jewish Experiential Education, Professional Skill Building and Teen Wellness and Health.

Programs are designed to help you:

  • Increase your skills and competencies so that you are even more valuable to current and future employers
  • Enhance your confidence and competency in creating meaningful and positive Jewish experiences

Springboard PD: Enhancing Facilitation Skills

Resetting the Table's celebrated facilitation skills training will provide teen educators with tools to build a culture of productive dialogue on charged political issues, even in the face of strong differences. This 2-day facilitation training will introduce exercises and teach skills that support participants to engage in and lead direct, open conversations across charged divides.

Part 1: May 5 from 10-3. Lunch provided by Springboard.
Part 2: May 12 from 10-12.
Participants MUST participate in the first workshop in order to participate in the second workshop; however if participants are unable to participate in the second workshop they may still attend the first workshop.

Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
Resetting the Table
Date
May 5th, 2021 from 10AM-3PM and May 12th, 2021 from 10AM-12PM
Location
Zoom
Register
Register Here

Expanding Your Reach: Values, Burnout, and Boundaries with BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy

As professionals, we are often drawn to this work because we are passionate about our organization's mission and have a strong desire to support and to serve others. With this good intention at heart, we sometimes find ourselves in situations where it becomes difficult to say "no," and hold boundaries. This can lead to burnout, dissatisfaction, and decreased motivation and drive. This session will help you explore how the values that drive us can contribute to our burnout and will help you personally answer the question: How do we balance our passion for our work with our need to protect and sustain ourselves as individuals? Placing our values along a continuum, we will investigate how and where our values are serving us and/or hurting us. We will practice recognizing our burnout trends and explore how to effectively hold boundaries.
*Based on experience and feedback, we know that many of the learnings from this session are more meaningful and much easier implemented when they are shared throughout an organization.  We want to encourage you to invite your supervisor to join you in exploring this important and timely topic.   For this reason, there will be multiple breakout options depending on your organizational role.  We hope your supervisor will be able to join us to learn more about managing their own boundaries while also supporting the staff they supervise.*
Session Learning Objectives:
● Know: Professionals will identify values that drive us in our work and explore how those values fuel or fight our tendency to feel burnt out.
● Do: Professionals will build strategies to implement realistic and effective boundaries to help fight personal burnout
● Feel: Professionals will feel empowered in understanding our burnout trends and optimistic about our ability to use that understanding to better care for ourselves

Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
The Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative
Date
May 6th 12PM - 1:30 PM CT
Register
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Face to Face: Preparing to See Our Teens in Person Again

Join Jewish Learning Works and Dr. Betsy Stone for an exploration of our responses to grief, change, and reentry. This 2-session series is geared to professionals who work with teens in camps, synagogues, youth groups, and other youth-serving organizations. The May workshop will focus on camps, retreats and summer programs, and the August workshop will be geared towards programs on a school calendar. We invite you to register for one or both workshops. 

Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
Jewish Learning Works
Date
May 12th, 2021 12:30 - 1:30 PM CT
Register
Learn more and register here!

Face to Face: Preparing to See Our Teens in Person Again

Join Jewish Learning Works and Dr. Betsy Stone for an exploration of our responses to grief, change, and reentry. This 2-session series is geared to professionals who work with teens in camps, synagogues, youth groups, and other youth-serving organizations. The May workshop will focus on camps, retreats and summer programs, and the August workshop will be geared towards programs on a school calendar. We invite you to register for one or both workshops.

Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
Jewish Learning Works
Date
August 11th 12:30 - 1:30 PM CT
Register
Learn more and register here!

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Springboard is pleased to partner with the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative to offer an opportunity to become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.  Youth Mental Health First Aiders will learn how to distinguish between typical adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges most common to young people: anxiety, depression, eating or substance use disorders, and the impact of social media and bullying. Walk away with strategies for self-care and a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. This 6.5 hour virtual course is a mix of self-paced learning and Instructor-led workshops. Certification is valid for three years. Email Beth Lipschutz at beth@teenfundercollaborative.com if you'd like to participate.     

Category
Whole Teen Health, Professional Skill Building
Led by
The Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative
Register
Email Beth Lipschutz to participate

Jewish Meditation for Calm and Resilience

Drop in for a meditation session, led by an experienced Jewish mindfulness meditation instructor. These sessions will help you develop your ability to pay attention to the present moment, cultivate calmness, practice kindness towards yourself and others, and respond to this difficult moment more wisely and skillfully.

Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
JPro
Date
Tuesdays @7:00-7:45 pm Central
Location
https://masterclasses.jpro.org/jpro-online

Archives

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

    Category: Whole Teen Health

  • The Educator's Digital Toolbox: Jewish Educational Technology Initiative

    Category: Professional Development

  • Conversation about Teens and Antisemitism

    Category: Professional Development

  • Open Space Lunch

    Category: Professional Skill Building, Jewish Experiential Education, Whole Teen Health

  • Ayal Beer: Viewing Israeli Society and Culture Through the Lens of Children's Literature

    Category: Professional Development

  • Springboard Screening of Eighth Grade

    Category: Whole Teen Health

  • Webinar: Generation Now, Moving from Research to Action

    Category: Jewish Experiential Education

  • Intro to Snapchat and Instagram

    Category: Professional Skill Building

  • Evaluation 101 for Youth Professionals

    Category: Professional Skill Building

  • Discussing Intersectionality With Teens

    Category: Whole Teen Health

  • Amplifying Programs Using Paid Ads

    Category: Professional Skill Building

  • Event Marketing For Youth Professionals

    Category: Professional Skill Building

  • Israel Education: What We Should Be Talking About

    Category: Jewish Experiential Education

  • M2 Chicago Cohort

    Category: Jewish Experiential Education

  • Understanding Mental Health

    Category: Teen Wellness and Health

  • Strategies and Tools to Help Make Day and Overnight Camps More Inclusive for Individuals with Disabilities

    Category: Whole Teen Health, Professional Skill Building

  • Strategies to Manage Behavior in the Religious School Classroom

    Category: Whole Teen Health, Professional Skill Building

  • Connecting Prayer, Mindfulness and Spirituality

    Category: Whole Teen Health, Jewish Experiential Education

  • Get Certified in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T)

    Category: Whole Teen Health

  • Making Mensches: Playing with Values and Virtues

    Category: Jewish Experiential Education, Whole Teen Health

  • PARENTING IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA Jewish Camp and The Value of a Screen-Free Summer

    Category: Whole Teen Health

  • Exploring Israeli Society and Culture Through Israeli Children's Literature

    Category: Jewish Experiential Education

  • Ta'am Chicago Community Meeting

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  • Brand Israel Presentation

    Category: Professional Skill Building

  • Designing from the Heart

    Category: Category: Professional Skill Building, Jewish Experiential Education, Whole Teen Health

  • Youth Professionals Co-Working Day

    Category: Category: Professional Skill Building, Jewish Experiential Education, Whole Teen Health

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