Nadav Teen Internship Program
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The teen years are a very impressionable time. Teens are looking for a way to self-identify, make connections, and explore new avenues of interest. This time period can also be a desert when it comes to Jewish engagement as it occurs after bar/bat mitzvah and before college.
The Nadav Teen Internship program pairs teens with community mentors to work in a number of different areas at the synagogue, creating an opportunity to do real work that matters while building Jewish identity and connection to other teens. Options include working with the Full Circle Preschool, working in the Shalom Shuk, helping plan OZ events and festivities, sprucing up the cemeteries and synagogue grounds, doing Social Media promotion, planting, clearing, and tending the OZ land, cooking for the G’Mach Committee and more.
Teens are guided by mentors in their assigned internship and give two hours of their time each week at the synagogue. In addition to their weekly work time, interns get together once a month for a learning as well as a social component. The program has opening, mid-year and closing events for teens and their mentors. At the end of the program’s first year, students who have completed the required number of service hours will receive a $500 stipend or they can also choose to volunteer their time for any community service or graduation challenge hours their high schools may require.
This program satisfies many needs for the Jewish community – keep teens engaged, give them a ‘stake’ in their synagogue, develop intergenerational relationships, maintain peer connections from Hebrew School in a fun and educational setting and continue to foster a sense of Tikkun Olam.
For more information, please contact Naomi Barell at 802 864-0218, ext. 26 or [email protected]