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

Designing from the Heart

Building Jewish experiences that engage head, heart, spirit and body and provide social and emotional wholeness. In this session we will introduce the Orot approach by experiencing it and describing some of the core educational principles behind it.  Participants will outline a program or session they can try with their teens population, working in pairs to develop the approach. 

 Kosher lunch will be provided

Category
Category: Professional Skill Building, Jewish Experiential Education, Whole Teen Health
Led by
Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman and Jane Shapiro, Orot
Date
November 12th, 11:45-1:45
Location
provided upon RSVP
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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
December 10, 12:00-2:00
Location
provided upon RSVP
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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 $50. This includes the 8 hour certification class, course materials and lunch/snacks during the training.

* Each participant receives a comprehensive manual to take home.

*Lisa Ehrlich is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor

 

 

Category
Whole Teen Health
Led by
Lisa Ehrlich, Outreach Education Coordinator, Response Center)
Date
January 16, 8:45-5:15
Location
provided upon RSVP
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Roundtable for Social Media Practitioners

Are you responsible for social media activities within your organization? Are you interested in connecting with other professionals who have similar responsibilities? Springboard would like to host a Roundtable Conversation on Social Media for people who are taking a lead on these activities within their organizations. Email SarinaGerson@juf.org to learn more.

 

Category
Professional Skill Building
Led by
Springboard staff
Date
TBD
Location
provided upon RSVP
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Discussing Divisive Communal Issues

Resetting the Table will lead a workshop on how to discuss divisive communal issues.  This session will focus on building communications skills with the goal of enabling people to listen to views that are different from their own and to have challenging conversations on controversial topics. In this workshop participants will learn how to "set the table" so that all can share their views in civil ways and professionals can help participants in our programs to do this as well.

Category
Category: Professional Skill Building, Jewish Experiential Education
Led by
Resetting the Table
Date
TBD
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Cohort of Compassion Project

Caring for others in the Jewish community is hard work, especially when we're feeling overtaxed and under-resourced. We need concrete tools to care for ourselves so we can be more present, patient, and empathic in our work with our colleagues and the populations we serve. To support Jewish communal professionals, the Orot Compassion Project offers a course of study, practice, and community-building.

Through this immersive cohort experience designed to develop mindfulness-based skills in a Jewish framework, participants will acquire: 
Concrete mindfulness meditation practices for self-care at home and at work 
A supportive and safe community of compassionate colleagues  
A deeper connection to Judaism as a source of wisdom and support during challenging times 

Program includes: 
6 week session to study and explore the practice of Jewish mindfulness meditation 
Guided meditations delivered between the in-person sessions 

Limited to 20 participants, by application 
Subsidized cost to participants 

Category
Whole Teen Health, Professional Skill Building
Led by
Orot
Date
Spring 2020
Register
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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