Needs and Responses

Teen Engagement

Needs

All aspects of teen engagement are being impacted by COVID-19. This includes any in person gatherings that had been planned currently and into the summer of 2020. Weekly in-person programming, trips to Israel and summer camps are just examples of where programming has been impacted.

Youth Serving Organizations (YSOs) are currently exploring different ways to provide supports online to teens in the short term, whilst they evaluate the next course of action for what is ahead.

Other challenges include:

  • Revenue shortfall from anticipated decline in fundraising and fee-for-serve revenues. According to Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the current estimates are that fee-for-service revenue next year could be down $1.5M and fundraising could be down $6-8M in the coming year.
  • Addressing mental health and wellbeing for teens experiencing isolation, anxiety, stress and more.

Responses

A number of opportunities have already been implemented to support teen engagement online and more resources are being offered. This space will continue to be updated regularly as more information and supports are explored. Some highlights include: the Jewish Teen Funders Network’s resource page, BBYO’s “on-demand” hub and the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funders Collaborative resource page.

On April 20, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) launched the more than $80 million Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF), supported by a seven foundations, including the Aviv Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, Maimonides Fund, the Paul E. Singer Foundation, and the Wilf Family Foundation, which will operate in coordination with the JFNA. The invite-only program will be divided in two, with a loan program based at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, providing payroll and basic operational assistance for non-profits in the coming months. JCRF’s focus is to maintain the infrastructure of Jewish life that advances Jewish education, engagement and leadership.

In its document on Business Continuity Issues for Major Jewish Communal Networks, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) suggests that youth groups such as BBYO could “benefit greatly from accessing an SBA [CARES Act] loan to ensure continuity of staffing and program, especially if forgivable.”

Resources

For Young Adults with Disabilities the Loss of Specialized Birthright Trips is Particularly Poignant

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 25

For the Few Jewish Camps That Are Opening Despite Risks, Finding Willing Families Hasn’t Been Hard

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 24

Service for a Strong Future

Service for a Strong Future

Date and time - Tuesday, June 23
1:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern

Source - JFN webinar
June 23

Outside the Tzedakah Box: Conversation with Sharna Goldseker

Outside the Tzedakah Box: Conversation with Sharna Goldseker

Description - Podcast

Source - Jewish Teen Funders Network
June 22

New Jewish Service Alliance Launches “Serve the Moment” with Plans for 100,000 Acts of Jewish Service

Description - Press Release/Announcemen

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 18

Amid Pandemic, These Young Jews and their Elderly Friends Are Finding New Ways to Connect

Description - Article (Sponsored by JFNA)

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 8

Covid-19 Can’t Stop These East Bay Jewish Teen Fundraisers

Description - News article

Source - The Jewish News of Northern California
June 4

Include Us in the Conversation: COVID-19 and Teen Mental Health

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 4

A ‘Super Fund’ Aims to Keep Jewish Nonprofit World From Sinking

Description - News article

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 2

Teen Engagement and the Pandemic: Crisis and Opportunity

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
May 27

In the Post-Covid Crisis Universe: Israel Opportunities Await

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
May 27

As Colleges Go Virtual, Students Instead Are Heading to Israel on Gap Year Programs

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 21

As Pandemic Set In, Orthodox Union Furloughed 125 Staffers — a Quarter of its Workforce

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 19

Conservative Jewish Youth Group USY Cancels Summer Travel Programs Due to COVID-19

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 14

Jewish Teen Funders Network Youth Ambassadors Reflect on the COVID-19 Crisis

Description - Blog post

Source - Jewish Teen Funders Network

The Biggest Jewish Coronavirus Relief Fund Will Soon Start Giving Out Loans

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 12

A Teen Support Guide to Navigating Coronavirus

Description - Article

Source - Jewish Boston Teens
March 13

For Jewish Teens Struggling in the Coronavirus Era, Jewish Groups Extend a Lifeline

Description - News Article (sponsored by JFNA)

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 4

Collective Compassion

Description - Teen Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

Source - Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative

Amplify How You Give with Liz Fisher

Amplify How You Give with Liz Fisher

Description - Podcast episode

Source - Jewish Teen Funders Network
April 24

Granting Ceremonies, Year-End Celebrations & Graduations

Source - JTFN Webinar
April 22

Addressing Crisis: Resources for Jewish Teen Philanthropy

Source - Jewish Teen Funders Network

New Reality Resources

Description - Curated resources

Source - Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funders Collaborative

Protocols for Safeguarding Children and Teens in Online Communications

Source - Aleinu

Nonprofit Funding Proposals

Teen Suicide Prevention Program

Description - Funding Proposal

Source - Rohr Jewish Learning Institute

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