Last Friday, 20 youth professionals met at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay for our Youth Mental Health First Aid training. This training filled up within hours of registration opening - proving that there is, indeed a demand for this critically important work.
The Youth Mental Health First Aid training directly connects with our theme this year: Teens Thrive. The program helped us all think about how we can better support the mental needs of our teens. They are dealing with pressures we adults never had to face along with the age old challenges we all know well.
We will offer a third Youth Mental Health First Aid training on the Peninsula in November. Email Dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to receive early updates.
It's been a busy week. In addition to the training, 16 professionals from Jewish organizations throughout the Bay Area met for a Design Sprint with UpStart, to help participants design a project that addresses how we might better educate and engage our teens. These ideas will be presented to the Teen Initiative for micro-grant funding. Applications are due on October 5 grant awards will be announced in November.
Also, Temple Sinai in Oakland hosted our Teen Initiative Launch which featured a workshop taught by Keshet on gender and sexuality. Randi Reed and Jacob Klein skillfully led seven youth professionals from the East Bay and SF. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Finally, registration for the highly regarded show, Dear Evan Hansen (December 12) closes at the end of the day on September 7th. 20 youth professionals will participate in our program and join us for the show. We will also be giving out 5 tickets for FREE, one at each of our fall Youth Professional Network gatherings which occur in late September/October.