CJTC HUC-JIR Youth Professionals Program Curriculum - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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CJTC HUC-JIR Youth Professionals Program Curriculum

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I. Two 2-Day Intensive Seminars at HUC-JIR. 

Constructing a Jewish Identity for the Next Generation

Course: Jewish Identity (Collaborative Education Team)              

Course: Creating a Youth Culture

Course: Professional Organizational Management in Jewish Institution


II. Mini-courses:  The four courses will be broken up into 2 semesters with 2 courses each semester

1.  Making Sense Out of Chaos: Jewish Organizations and Leadership 

Taught by Dr. Rabbi Sam Joseph

2.  Shaking the Family Tree: Understanding Teens Through the Lens of Systems Theory

Taught by Rabbi Julie Schwartz

3.  Adolescent Development

4.  Jewish Spiritual Character Development: Personal and Communal


III.  Professional Development Seminars:  

The youth professionals, with the guidance of an expert facilitator, will present and address case studies from their own practice. There is simply no substitute for bringing real-life experience into the virtual classroom and making sure that experience and education are seamlessly integrated.


IV. Facilitated Peer Mentoring: 

Participants will be paired with one another and expected to meet once a month to learn from each other and to develop a collegial relationship of trust with one another. A trained mentor will be a resource for the peer dyads and convene 3-4 sessions throughout the year to assess the growth of each partnership. Facilitated by Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, Director of HUC-JIR's School of Education.  


V. Two-Day Siyum Kallah: HUC-JIR Cincinnati   

1. Course: Organizational Structure – Youth professionals are themselves part of a system and they need to understand how best to worth within it and maximize the potential for their growth and the growth of the teens with whom they relate and plan. This course will include skills for project management, the role of executive coaching, micro-grant development.

2. Course: Creating a Youth Culture – In addition to conveying information and building relationships based on trust and mutual respect, youth professionals share the complex responsibility of creating an environment in which teens can flourish by testing their own assumptions, making their own mistakes and celebrating their own accomplishments. Culture is powerful and creating a healthy youth culture may be the most important role for a youth professional.