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.

In July, JFNA reported on how BBYO, the largest nondenominational Jewish youth movement is faring: 

BBYO enters FY2021 a leaner, more nimble organization that is benefitting from important learning over the past few months. BBYO OnDemand has become a critical digital complement to programming that will eventually take place in person, opening a huge engagement pipeline. Internal scenario planning has led to a three-phase approach to stabilizing BBYO financially and preparing it for an expected post-COVID growth in membership as teens seek out social connections and families seek out local, cost-effective engagement opportunities for their children. BBYO’s reputation as a nurturing, “safe” place for teens to grow as leaders and citizens is also expected to resonate with parents. Priorities over the next six months include: • Preparing for in-person programming through the development of policies and communications and the acquisition of PPE • Offering strong digital content to complement smaller, local, in-person gatherings • Focusing on a teen mental health and wellness initiative • Offering tutorial and enrichment programing, particularly around the arts (music, writing, visual arts) • Seeking out partnerships with Jewish institutions that are seeking to provide teen audiences with programming Major challenges, and the focus of BBYO’s scenario planning, include uncertainty about the speed at which gatherings (weekend conventions and summer programs) will resume and the economic impact that the pandemic is having on Jewish families with teens. Data has already been collected about the latter through a survey of BBYO parents (1,400 responses). If BBYO is unable to operate its camps and summer travel experiences in 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions, the financial impact on the organization will be significant.

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.In July, JCRIF announced it had made $10 million in grants to  more than 20 Jewish organizations, including the Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, Jewish Education Project, and the Tikvah Fund (for a program targeting teens), as well as $20 million in no-interest loans, with $20 million more in loans under consideration.  More details about JCRIF, including a JFN webinar, here.

Resources

Professional Talent in the Jewish Nonprofit Sector and Covid-19

Date and time - Thursday, October 1
12-1 pm ET (7-8 pm Israel)

Source - JFN webinar

Amid Layoffs and Funder Bailouts, the Jewish Nonprofit World Is Fearing 2021

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
September 9

Emotion Before Content: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Designing Virtual Jewish Engagement for Young People

Description - Research study/report

Source - Schusterman Foundation and Jim Joseph Foundation
August 2020

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

What’s Going on in Jewish Education? Answers from Leaders in the Field

Description - Report

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 13

How are Jewish Teens and Young Adults Coping Through this Pandemic?

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 18

As Colleges Go Virtual, Students Go to Israel

Description - News Article

Source - NY Jewish Week
July 21

Next Year (We Hope!) in Jerusalem: How the Israel​ Experience Field Has Responded to Covid

Next Year (We Hope!) in Jerusalem: How the Israel​ Experience Field Has Responded to Covid

Source - JFN webinar
July 23

Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) Awards $10 Million to 20+ Jewish Organizations

Description - Announcement

Source - Jewish Community Response & Impact Fund
July 20

Jewish Nonprofits Launch Nationwide Volunteer Drive to Respond to Pandemic, Social-Justice Needs

Description - News Article

Source - Chronicle of Philanthropy
July 6

The Coronavirus Is Killing Off American Jewish Institutional Life

Description - Article

Source - Tablet
June 7

What Covid Is Teaching Us About Jewish Education

Description - Op-Ed

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 29

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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