First cohort of teen engagement professionals will build skills around new outcome–driven approach
(NEW YORK) – The Jewish Education Project has announced the inaugural cohort of the Generation Now Fellowship, the first comprehensive fellowship to provide professional growth and leadership development for senior educators in the field of Jewish teen engagement.
Following a highly selective application process, the inaugural cohort of 20 fellows includes senior educators from across the country. These individuals represent 18 national organizations, regional affiliates and local organizations that collectively impact the lives of tens of thousands of teens from diverse Jewish backgrounds. Organizations represented include URJ – NFTY, BBYO, NCSY, Upstart, Moving Traditions and local JCCs.
With the backing of a $2.1 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, and in partnership with the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative, the Generation Now Fellowship seeks to strengthen the field of teen engagement by investing in those professionals most likely to influence educational change and innovation in the teen landscape. Applications for a second cohort will open later in 2018.
“This first cohort marks an extraordinary convergence of leaders and influencers who have dedicated their careers to teen engagement,” said Andi Meiseles, director of Generation Now for The Jewish Education Project. “The Jewish Education Project is deeply honored and excited to provide a world-class experience befitting these leaders’ commitment to the field and passion for continued professional growth.”
Over the course of 18 months, Fellows will convene together several times, build both professional and leadership skills, as well as expand Jewish educational thinking – in particular around a new outcome-driven approach to teen engagement. Fellows will benefit from extensive personal coaching and top-of-the-line leadership and professional development experiences, including:
- A seminar in Israel
- An experiential intensive in creativity and innovation at Disney Institute
- Personalized coaching and tailored learning experiences for professional growth