NETWORKING & LEARNING SERIES

EXPANDING YOUR REACH

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!

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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.

This month’s session focuses on Impact Assessment with Shira Rosenblatt:  “Measure what you value, and others will value what you measure.”  As youth professionals, we often feel intuitively when we’ve created and executed a powerful experience for our young learners.  But how can we know if we’ve really hit the mark?  And how can we share the analysis of our excellence easily with our stakeholders?  Join Shira Rosenblatt, Associate Chief Program Officer and evaluation guru from the Los Angeles Jewish Federation as she leads us in networking around the concept of program assessment.  Shira will share some of the reasons why evaluation is so important as well as important differences between forms of assessment that you can easily and immediately employ in your work.  Come prepared with a recent program or experience for which you might wish to gain more insight into the successes and growth points.  

This month’s session focuses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Gamal Palmer from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Gamal will be addressing leadership and diversity as well as how to assess and transform the culture around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our professional settings and with those we serve.
Bio:
Gamal Palmer is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, overseeing several leadership programs and board and professional development for a 170-person staff. Palmer is also the Founder and CEO of Global Eye Entrepreneurs, a multicultural network for male entrepreneurs of color. Palmer designed and lectured the international programs at Yale University, Theater and Public Health in Swaziland and South Africa and Social Justice in Tanzania. Palmer earned his Post-Graduate Associate from Yale School of Management, M.FA. from Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from University of Miami. Palmer served as a Los Angeles Global Justice Fellow and delivered a TEDx Talk on the intersection of art and social impact. In 2018, Palmer was an International Career Advancement (ICAP Fellow) at the Aspen Institute. A native of Philadelphia, Palmer is the youngest of nine children and was highly influenced by his activist parentage.

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Session Topics Include:

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