Introducing a year-long series for youth professionals to fuel your engagement work.  Join colleagues both familiar and new on the first Thursday of each month for free workshops and expert-led sessions.  All topics drawn from best practices from the teen initiatives in 10 communities and years of research in the field.

Register for the whole series now – you will receive specific topic dates and speaker information in advance.  We’ll see you soon!


Webinar Dates

All sessions are 90 minutes.

10:00am – 11:30am PDT / 1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT.

This month’s session is Network-Building: Relationships and connections are critical to both success and satisfaction.  While some people network simply to add contacts to a list, there are deeper ways to build true connections.  Connecting is about sharing knowledge, resources, time, energy and empathy, creating tremendous value. We are kicking off our year-long series on networking and learning with a focus on networking.  As we build our careers, especially during times of uncertainty and challenge, we all would benefit form a strong network of advisors, mentors, and trusted colleagues. This workshop will help position you to take advantage of this new, national professional development network and introduce you to colleagues around the country. In addition to actionable advice on how you can harness the power of relationships (especially in a virtual world) and build your network long before you need it, we will also discuss how and why these skills are helpful for teens and brainstorm the best way to translate this knowledge to the population we work with.

Guest Expert: Krista Parkinson is a former talent agent and founder of My Grads Get Jobs, a company designed to help students and recent grads get their first jobs in the entertainment business. Since 2015, she developed and taught a method to help young adults get hired resulting in over 700 people being hired in jobs and internships at talent agencies, production companies, studios, TV shows and films. Over the past 20 years, Krista has worked at WME (agent in the reality TV dept), Tony Hawk’s 900 Films (VP of development), entertainment finance company Content Partners (SVP of business development and marketing) and as an adjunct professor at USC. Building and maintaining your professional network is the key to success and is a cornerstone of her success. She teaches with passion, authority and enthusiasm.

This month’s session is Community-Building Online: This experiential (and fun!) workshop is designed to model creative techniques for virtual engagement, facilitation, and community-building. Teen educators will participate in a highly interactive and creative program that weaves community and connection into an educational setting. From Zice Breakers to virtual experience design, this workshop will offer fresh inspiration to keep online programming strong, and learn best practices firsthand for sparking culture, building connection, and ways to design buzzworthy experiences for teens that transcends the screen. Guest Experts: Trybal Gatherings – As featured by The New York Times, Trybal is the leading provider of Jewish summer camp experiences for young adults nationally. In the virtual world, Trybal is the preeminent thought-leader in designing high-impact experiences online. Trybal has produced creative virtual programs, interactive trainings, and dynamic retreats that have served over 250 organizations worldwide.


This month’s session focuses on Outcome Based Program Design led by guest expert, Dr. Evie Rotstein. Evie is the Senior Education Advisor School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She was previously the director of the Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators, the professional learning project co- sponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and HUC-JIR. Prior to that position she was a congregational school educator and developed programs for faculty learning, teen mentoring and parent education. Evie has also served as an educational consultant for Experiment in Congregational Education, the Jewish Education Project and Beit T’shuvah. She is currently doing research on Social and Emotional Learning in Jewish settings. Evie began her career in Jewish education as a camp director for Young Judaea. She holds an M.A. in French Language education and a Doctorate in Jewish education from The Jewish Theological Seminary.  Evie’s research interests include interfaith families, adolescent identity development, professional learning and mentoring. She teaches courses in the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College –Jewish Institute. Evie has published chapters in What We Now Know About Jewish Education (2006), in The Gender Gap (2008), and in the International Handbook of Jewish Education (2011). She also has a certificate from the Harvard John Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Creative Leadership. During her leisure time, Evie enjoys her organic garden, Broadway shows, listening to Irish music and hiking.

Session info coming soon!

Session info coming soon!


Session Topics Include:

Collaboration & Recruitment
Outcome-Based Program Design
Impact Evaluation
Grant Writing & Fundraising
Storytelling With Data