Knowledgeable and savvy teen professionals who work with teens need to be able to confront these challenges on the front lines, especially if these teens are expected to become tomorrow’s Jewish leaders.
Housed at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, 4Front’s E3 Teen Professionals Network is aimed at creating a highly-skilled and connected community of teen professionals to spark the Jewish future.
Through E3, teen professionals participate in high level learning and innovative experiences to help themgrow their personal and professional potential.
“We interested in elevating the “Teen Professional” profession,” says 4Front Executive Director Rabbi Dena Shaffer.
“When you look at the poignancy of adolescence – clearly this is a critical time for teens. Therefore, the competency of our teen professional community is of the utmost importance.”
Shaffer explains, “Manyteen professionals are on the newerside of the career spectrum, yet they are doing the sacredwork of trusted adults, serving as mentors and gatekeepers for teens as they transition into the adult world. They often serve as key advisors and role models for teens at this critical juncture in their lives.”
Shaffer says the learning across the E3 network, comprised of a cohort of 16Baltimore teen professionals, is tremendous.
4Front’s Director of Innovation, Diana Solomon, who leads E3 Teen Professionals Network programming, explains that E3 is in the business of providing cutting edge information and networking opportunities to teen professionals.
“Our professionals join the E3 network because they value time with one another and can engage in peer-to-peer consulting.”
“In multiple exchanges and forums,” Diana says, “E3 participants can present their challenges, or even the failures they see in their work, and look to their colleagues for solutions, advice, and new perspectives.”
The E3 Teen Professionals Network features a unique “pick your path” design allowing teen professionals to choose between 3 participation levels to best ﬁt their professional needs and aspirations.
The various paths offer a selection of learning opportunities to explore critical topics and broaden skills among teen professionals.
At itsbase, participation includes 4 group learning Exchanges with ﬁeld experts; access to an online community to share resources and ideas – to address one another’s major challenges and to-do lists; and formal and informal networking opportunities.
Lauren Offerman, Assistant Director of Education at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation selected E3’s “Expand” path in early 2018. She described her E3 engagement as very positive in that it “provided the community active ways to grapple with teen topics and activate them in the community.”
Lauren’s learning exchanges with field experts focused on spirituality, stress, and teen mental health; technology and teens; and discovering empathy. This years’ retreat and exchange subjects will cover leadership and the art of storytelling, building an LGBTQ-affirming and inclusive Jewish community; and partnering with parents – strategies for effective communication.
In early 2018, Lauren will enjoy a full-day E3 retreat introducing new skills and theories, as well as guided peer-consultancy sessions. She is joining the E3 Network again this year to take advantage of 8 professionalcoaching sessions with a certiﬁed executive coach, now being offered at the “Experience” engagement level of the program.
Becca Rosenfelt, Program Coordinator at Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills, also participated in E3. Becca said the E3 program “helped me to learn more about the teens I work with and how they think and act, as well as different ways to connect with them. It was also a great opportunity to connect with and learn from fellow teen professionals across the community.”
Interested in learning more about the E3 Teen Professionals Network?
Contact Diana Solomon at 410.500.5985 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a personal consultation.