Sunday, September 29, 2013
NFTY Leadership Training Institute or why staying in youth group makes the teen years go a little easier
I have always discussed with my Rabbi, Ike Serotta, that our kids that stay in Religious School through confirmation and then through youth group and working in our school have a much better chance of, well how can I say this, "staying out of trouble." We have seen it time and time and time again. I say it so much that I think I am a broken record or an itune song in a loop. I know that Youth group be it NFTY, BBYO, Young Judea, fill in your youth group name here is not the answer for everyone. I just wish more someone's would try it out.
The 70 teens today at Lakeside will become leaders, go on to work at our camps and are wonderful teens. I hope that we can attract more teens to become engaged. I have seen with my own eyes the difference it can make when teens are engaged and when they are not engaged. Engagement can also be at public school, through sports, drama, dance, and the many extra curricular activities. My passion is Jewish education and that's how I hope to attract and engage students for as long as I can.
If I am really lucky those that we engage go on to become Jewish educators, Rabbis, Cantors, or Youth group advisors and my record so far is pretty good...but it could always be better.