By Carly Jacobson, Program Coordinator for Jewish Community Engagement at the Federation of Palm Beach County
The JTFN Summit was such a well-rounded and complete experience not only professionally but personally. I have recently switched career paths and was ecstatic to hear that there was a community of peers that work with Jewish teen engagement and philanthropy. The fact that there was a summit that specifically focused on these topics, I knew I could not miss this opportunity. From the moment I was greeted until the closing plenary, I felt so welcomed and included. The staff that ran the summit were so kind, thoughtful, and approachable and always made me feel heard if I had a question or comment.
Also, the connections I made with other professionals in this community were priceless. I met so many amazing professionals and attended informative sessions that not only improved my knowledge and skills but boosted my confidence in my own professional development. I appreciated that there was time to engage with the speakers and other attendees in a less formal setting which made it easier to talk about why we were there, our career journeys and what drives us to do what we are passionate about.
Lastly, I was pleasantly surprised of the number of attendees and the wide range of programs that are happening for Jewish teens all around the world. I received great insight and ideas as to how I can grow and empower the programs in my own community. I thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience and look forward to strengthening the professional relationships that I made.
Carly Jacobson is the Program Coordinator for Jewish Community Engagement at the Federation of Palm Beach County. She manages the programs run by the Jewish Teen Initiative that include service learning trips, teen philanthropy programs, and works with the community youth organizations. Teen wellness and resiliency is what she is most passionate about and enjoys weaving these values into her work.