Bay Area Teen Education and Engagement Initiative


Jewish LearningWorks is delighted to be a partner in the launch of the Bay Area Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, a multi-year, cross-regional endeavor designed to increase meaningful engagement of Jewish teens during their high school years.

Professional development represents one of five foundational components of the Teen Initiative, and recognizes the critical role that well-trained, high caliber Jewish educators play in successfully engaging teens.   Learning opportunities focus on providing youth professionals with knowledge, skills and tools in three essential areas: development of meaningful Jewish content in experiential education, adolescent development and teen mental health, and personal and professional growth.

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Youth Professionals Network


We are hosting bi-monthly Youth Professionals Network meetings serving the South Peninsula, the North Peninsula, the East Bay, San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma.  Network meetings will be facilitated by Deb Massey and will offer an opportunity for networking, big picture thinking about teen engagement, and collaboration. Upcoming meetings are below.

Mentorship Opportunities

Another key component of our work this year will be mentorship and coaching opportunities.  If you are interested in being paired with or serving as a mentor, we would love to hear from you!  Please contact Debra Sagan Massey, Senior Consultant, Teen Education: 415.751.6983 x 131


M² Community Labs
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3sessions | 2days | 15members

We’re thrilled to share that we will be offering three M² Community Labs in the Bay Area in 2018 to support you in taking your teen engagement programs to the next level! 

Attend one, two or all three 2-day labs to workshop in a dynamic and creative environment with personalized support and peer feedback. Each stand-alone session will explore powerful ideas to enrich experiential Jewish education, while utilizing unique peer-collaboration strategies.  

Space limited to 15 participants per session. Participation costs are generously subsidized by the Teen Initiative funders.

Pre-Registration NOW CLOSED


M2 Community Lab 2 : Imagineering: The Art and Science of Out-of-the-Box Thinking
Wednesday/Thursday May 2nd - 3rd

What if?  These two words have the power to transform our capacity to think limitlessly and boundlessly.  What if we had the tools to think outside the box… to innovate… to transform space and environments? What if we could control our ability to think creatively? And what if we could reimagine the scope of our programs? Learn how to unshackle your creative self and surface extraordinarily innovative possibilities, and incorporate these ideas into your programs! 

M2 Community Lab 1:
Intrinsic motivation

Monday/Tuesday March 19th - 20th

@The Jewish Community Federation
Research tells us that intrinsic motivation is one of the leading factors that drives initiative.  Many believe that you have it or you don’t! Recent findings say that it can be sparked, and an educator can play a lead role in motivating their learners.  Over the course of this convening, participants will apply these findings to their practice and design programs that their participants are inclined to attend


M2 Community Lab 3:
The Design of Memorable Experiences

Tuesday/Wednesday October 23rd - 24th

The field of neuroscience and the processes of memory formation are directly related to designing memorable experiences.  In what ways can our understanding of how memories are created influence the programs we design? In this seminar, participants will learn underlying theories and practical techniques to create programs that can be impactful in the present and for years to come.  


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Jewish LearningWorks is deeply grateful for the funding for this initiative provided by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

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