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

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

Peer Discussion Groups for Jewish Community Professionals

You are invited to take part in weekly peer-to-peer processing sessions.These sessions will be in small groups, moderated by a licensed social worker with expertise in group work. Free and open to all who work for or with Jewish community organizations. 

Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
JPro
Date
Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 22, 29; 12-12:45 pm Central
Location
https://masterclasses.jpro.org/jpro-online

Springboard Lunch and Learn

While you are socially isolating and juggling many competing priorities, let Springboard treat you to lunch as as we gather virtually for a discussion around how we can stay motivated to do our work with teens during COVID-19. We will also explore how we might know if we are helping teens in the right ways, what can do we as youth professionals to engage with teens in new and different ways and how can we stay motivated when much of what we do is constantly shifting? 

LOGISTICS: Our conversation will take place via Zoom. Lunch will be ordered from Tacos Gingi, a kosher restaurant in Skokie and delivered to all registered participants. When you register, you will have the option to place your food order.  You must register by Wednesday, April 15 th  so that we have time to coordinate the logistics of food drop off. The Zoom link will be circulated provided on Monday, April 20 th


Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
Springboard
Date
April 21, 12:30-2:00
Location
Your favorite lunch spot in your house
Register
Register Here

Raising Sexually Healthy Teens with Peggy Orenstein

Join the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative for a conversation with best-selling author, Peggy Orenstein. We will start the virtual program in chevruta, giving us a chance to connect in small groups, which will be followed by Peggy's discussion about how we can support our teens today to have a positive and healthy relationship with sex. The program will wrap up with small group discussions, in which we will discuss how we can apply the learning to our work.

 

 Please note, Jewish Learning Works is charging a small fee to participate in this event. If you're interested in joining, email SarinaGerson@juf.org. 

 

Category
Whole Teen Health
Led by
Jewish Learning Works
Date
April 22, 2020
Location
webinar
Register
Register Here

Supporting Teen Mental Health and Wellness in the Age of Social Distance

The world has become more complicated in the last few weeks, and teens in the Jewish community are feeling the changes to their lives in a myriad of ways. In this new reality of physical distancing and quarantine, professionals in the teen field are asking:

How might we care for teens?
How might we have teens feel supported by caring adults in their communities?
How might we empower teens to find their voice?


Join UpStart as we explore the topic of Supporting Teen Mental Health and Wellness in the Age of Social Distance. We will be joined by the experts from BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, a member of the UpStart network, who will help us understand what we can be doing for teens and their mental health during this time. Please submit any questions you have for BaMidbar staff about supporting teens  in advance  to  daliac@upstartlab.org.

Once you RSVP you will be sent the Zoom link. The program is open to anyone who interfaces with teens, whether they are full-time, part-time, volunteer, or lay leaders.  Feel free to forward this opportunity along to a teen professional if you are not one. Space is limited to 20 participants. 

Participants will:

  • Learn from experts in the field to understand how best to support their teens through this time
  • Analyze their own approach to virtual teen programming
  • Forge new connections to other community professionals and volunteers

Category
Whole Teen Health, Professional Skill Building
Led by
UpStart and BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy
Date
April 24, 2020 11:00 AM
Location
Virtual
Register
Register Here

Open Space Lunch

Join youth professionals from across the community for an 'open space' lunch hosted by Springboard, Chicago's Teen Engagement Initiative. Enjoy informal networking, collective brainstorming, small group work and of course, free lunch. We hope you will walk away from lunch with some concrete ideas you can put into action. In order to ensure that you get the most out of this session, please include what would make this session most beneficial to you in your rsvp. This is an opportunity to reach out to people in the community that you'd love to learn from, colleagues you wish you had more time with and people running similar programs you'd like to bounce ideas off so please invite them to join you for lunch.

 

Category
Category: Professional Skill Building, Jewish Experiential Education, Whole Teen Health
Led by
Springboard staff
Date
May 6, 12:00-2:00
Location
provided upon RSVP
Register
Register Here

Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18. The course builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

 

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling - rather, they learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan.

 

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

*The highly subsidized cost to participants is $75. This includes the 8 hour certification class, course materials and lunch/snacks during the training.

* Each participant receives a comprehensive manual to take home.


 

 

Category
Whole Teen Health
Date
June 10th
Location
Lakeview
Register
Register Here

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