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CJTC HUC-JIR Youth Professionals Training Program

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The Cincinnati Jewish Teen Collective (CJTC) is focused on today's Jewish teens, acknowledging Generation Z's incredible potential and unique challenges, in order to foster a community landscape which prioritizes teen input and experiences. Every individual and organization engaging teens plays an integral part in achieving this goal and together, we aim to elevate the experience of those teens already engaged and connect more teens to each other and our community. As part of this goal, CJTC also seeks to provide opportunities for professional growth for individuals working with today’s teens. CJTC is part of a 10-city collaborative, to learn more please visit: http://www.teenfundercollaborative.com

CJTC is co-funded by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

We are excited to launch the HUC-JIR Cincinnati Youth Professional Training Program this year.

Application Instructions 

Together with the leadership of the Cincinnati Jewish Teen Initiative, HUC-JIR's Faculty will work with Youth Professionals and key partners as well as with nationally recognized experts in the field to create a state-of-the-art program for the training and professional development of Cincinnati's youth professionals. This program will set the model nationally and become the gold standard for attracting, training and retaining youth professionals in all communities committed to expanding and deepening teen engagement. 

The central goal of the HUC-JIR Youth Professionals Training Program (YPTP) is to broaden and deepen the skills of Jewish teen professionals so they are better able to: 

(1) creatively integrate Jewish life and learning into their work with teens, 

(2) be more strategic in setting goals and objectives 

(3) employ a teen-first approach that emphasizes relationships with teens rather than programs, and family theory

(4) collaborate with each other. 

Participating in such a training program will not only expand and deepen your vital work as a youth professionals throughout the Jewish community in Cincinnati but it will also ensure that your institution will expand its capacity and quality of work with youth.  A central goal of the program is to enable the professionals and the youth they empower to become more fulfilled Jewish human beings and more committed and knowledgeable Jewish leaders for the decades to come. HUC-JIR's specialization in the field comes from six years of running a successful national program: The Certificate Program in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults.  

The training curriculum addresses issues such as social media, the exploration of mental health topics for teens, and self-care on how to deal with issues such as depression, stress, and making healthy lifestyle choices. Mentor training will cross the entirety of the initiative, and communal stakeholders in the initiative are committed to creating a culture in which robust professional development is a mainstay for all organizations working in teen engagement.

The courses are taught by renowned teachers and scholars including:

1.Rabbi Dr. Sam Joseph: "Making Sense Out of Chaos: Jewish Organizations and Leadership"

2.Rabbi Julie Schwartz: "Shaking the Family Tree: Understanding Teens Through the Lens of Systems Theory