March 3, 2014
In this article from eJewishPhilanthropy, Josh Miller, Senior Program Officer of the Jim Joseph Foundation, outlines new strategies for funding programs and organizations aimed at engaging Jewish youth. These strategies build on the key learnings from the research report Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens, released in April of 2013.
"About ten months ago, following the release of the research report Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens, eJewish Philanthropy ran a blog series that provided a range of perspectives in response to the report’s key findings. The series’ authors discussed numerous programs that successfully influence teens and their Jewish journeys.
They also challenged us – to fundamentally rethink our communal approach to Jewish teen education. Why? Some 80% of today’s Jewish teens do not opt in to the Jewish experiences offered in their communities. If we believe in the value of Jewish exploration during the adolescent years, then we need new strategies to capture the interests of many more of today’s teens."