Seminar on Jewish Teen Philanthropy

June 17, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UJA Federation of NY
130 East 59th Street
New York, NY

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Registration Closed Thank you for your interest in attending the Seminar on Jewish Teen Philanthropy. Unfortunately, online registration is now closed.

Please feel free to join us at the UJA today! Be sure to bring $75.00 – cash or check will be accepted.

Are you interested in learning more about Jewish teen philanthropy programs?

Are you going to be launching a new Jewish teen philanthropy program?

Want to speak with experts in the field and get some ideas before your program gets off the ground?

Join us at a Jewish Teen Philanthropy Seminar. This seminar is geared at helping those new to the field of Jewish teen philanthropy and will address issues that may arise during one’s first program year.

Cost: $75.00

Online registration will only be available through June 16th. All registrations made after June 16th will have to be paid in full on the day of the seminar.

The following topics will be covered:

* “Spread the word”
         ~ PR, marketing and recruitment
* Breaking the ice
~ Ice breakers, team building and other group exercises
* Communicating effectively
~ Understanding teens and social networking
* Planning effective giving
         ~ Site visits, RFPs and allocations
* Jewish sources and philanthropy
~ Utilizing Jewish texts to enhance the Jewish teen philanthropy experience

* Parent involvement
~ Engaging parents through Jewish teen philanthropy

Many leaders in the field are scheduled to present at this seminar. Below is a tentative schedule of the program.

9:00- Registration

9:30- Opening Plenary- Daniel Rothner, Areyvut

10:00-10:45- Introduction to Jewish Teen Philanthropy, Stefanie Zelkind, Jewish Teen Funders Network 
So what is Jewish teen philanthropy anyway? How do Jewish teen philanthropy programs work, and what does it take to get one started? This session will provide an overview of growing the field, highlight “promising practices” culled from the 85+ Jewish teen philanthropy programs throughout North America, and break down the key components of a successful program.

11:00-12:00- The Parent Toolbox: Helping parents nurture their teen’s interest in Tzedakah, Ellen Israelson, Jewish Communal Fund 
This session will offer information to help you empower parents to reinforce and enhance the learning you provide to their children in your tzedakah and chesed initiatives. It will cover some practical steps for establishing giving as a family tradition including, dos and don’ts of charitable giving, how to create a family or teen charitable fund, planning a charitable budget and interweaving giving with other family activities.

11:00-12:00- Site Visits, RFP & Allocations, Alan Sweifach, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey
How do we conduct a site visit? What is the best way to evaluate an RFP? How can we ensure that everyone’s voice is heard during the allocations process? This session will address all of these and related issues to help you make these core components more meaningful and successful.

12:15-1:15- Lunch

Learning from Alumni- Michelle Favin, Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute in Maryland & Julianna Storch, B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program in Arizona
Here is your chance to hear from alumni from teen philanthropy programs and to learn how the programs impacted and inspired them.

1:30-2:30- Text Study & Jewish Philanthropy, Shira Hammerman, Areyvut
We will learn Jewish texts, see how they relate to teen philanthropy and teach concrete ways of using the texts to infuse your program with Jewish content.

1:30-2:30- Spreading the Word: PR, Marketing and Recruitment, Mike Baczynski, Geri Dawes, Deborah Herr & Tom Murphy, 3-D Communications & Green Lion Digital
We are starting a new teen philanthropy! Now what should we do to spread the word? Learn about the various aspects of marketing a teen philanthropy program including a brochure, ad and application, direct mail, media, social networking and branding.

2:45-3:45- Jewish Identity in the Age of Facebook, David Bryfman, Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York-SAJES
Cyber social networking is integral to Jewish teen identity today. Whether we are enthusiasts or skeptics, understanding tools such as Facebook and Twitter, are vital for anyone wanting to understand teenagers today. This session will explore teen identity in a cyber era, ways in which the Jewish community has both leveraged and avoided these technologies, as well as strategies to deal with safety related issues on these online social networking platforms.

2:45-3:45- Choose Your Own Adventure, Celeste Albert, Jewish Community Youth Foundation
How many times do we need to meet? What type of staff do we need? What is the best way to communicate with the participants and their parents? How long should sessions be? This session will explore the basic questions and components you need to address as you build your teen philanthropy program.

4:00- Closing Plenary- Daniel Rothner, Areyvut

Date: Thurs., June 17, 2010
Time: 9:00-5:00
Location: UJA Federation of NY
130 East 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

A kosher breakfast and lunch will be provided and are included in the cost of the program.

For more information about this seminar, please contact us at (201) 244-6702 or

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