Friday, December 13, 2013

Federation Hosts Young Adult Leadership Retreat

On Thursday, December 12, over 20 members of The Network convened for a (half-day) retreat. The goals for the day were to strengthen relations, define collaboration among the group and begin digging into the challenges they are faced with in their work. 

For the first part of the retreat, the participants were joined by a facilitator who led the group in team building exercises that served as metaphors for their work. Over lunch, the Network members spent time in small group conversations exploring topics relevant to their work (e.g. what do young adults find meaningful, what do you professionals in this field need to be successful). Lastly, the group closed the day defining collaboration and building a community of practice. 

"The Network Retreat was an amazing opportunity to build energy and form stronger bonds among the professionals. The momentum created will allow is to innovate, collaborate and facilitate a community of learning." said Heather Wolfson, of Federation's NextGen.

The Network members will reconvene in January 2014 and look forward to opportunities to collaborate on community-wide initiatives to engage young Jewish adults throughout San Diego.

For more information about The Network, contact Heather Wolfson, Federation’s Next Gen Strategic Partnerships and Leadership Manager.

See some event pictures here.

The Network is for professionals who manage programming and outreach for young Jewish adults. It serves as a platform to mobilize the San Diego Jewish community around serving the NextGen (Gen X and Y) population. Through networking, professional development and collaboration, it is the goal to build capacity to better serve more Next Geners and their interests. Organizations/programs represented include: Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Service (Emerging Leaders, Jewish BIGPals, North Coastal Jewish, Paiche’s Place), JDC (Entwine), Congregation Beth El (Chai Group), San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC in the Mix), Tarbuton, Hillel of San Diego (North County, Parent/Alumni Engagement), Moishe House/Moishe House Without Walls, the JCC (Shalom Baby, PJ Library), Beth Israel (San Diego Jewish Experience), ADL (GLASS Leadership Program), NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, StandWithUs, and the Jewish Federation.


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