BJE’s Teen Experiential Educator Mentoring Fellowship program is part of BJE and the Jewish Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative. It is designed to bolster Jewish institutions’ professional development for staff working in the area of teen experiential education. The program is part of a national effort to strengthen training for such professionals. Los Angeles is one of 10 communities to receive a financial commitment from the Jim Joseph Foundation to support this work, and is already working collaboratively with the other communities to rethink how the Jewish community develops Experiential Teen Educators.
The Mentoring Fellowship is a 10-month program anchored in a structured mentoring relationship between novice or intermediate educators and veteran Teen Educators. The participants will work on skills and leadership development through monthly meetings and site visits with mentors; workshops shared by the entire group; affinity groups within the program based on shared interests; and an ongoing 10-month long professional development project, to be determined individually by each participant-mentor pair.
In its 2016 inaugural year, 14 professionals applied as participants, and more than 25 experienced professionals in the field signed on to participate as mentors.