Young Professionals & LEEP Fellowship

You love Jewish education, and you’re passionate about what you do, always dreaming up ideas about your community as well the big picture. At the same time, budgets are shrinking, guidance is lacking, and the educators your age are doing more jobs concurrently than any generation before, often for less pay and fewer benefits. What do you do? Come to NewCAJE!

Come to NewCAJE to:

  • Take real steps to actualize your dreams for Jewish education
  • Meet with your peers face to face to exchange knowledge and experience
  • Bring your own education to a higher level
  • Foster mentoring relationships with scholars and thinkers at the top of your field
  • Have a platform to advocate for optimal working conditions and benefits for yourself and your peers.

The Young Professionals Program provides social networking throughout the conference for educators 20-36.

LEEP is a two year intensive fellowship program for educators in the first 5 years of their career.

Explore the tabs above for the benefits and requirements of about each program.

The NewCAJE Young Professionals (YP) Program seeks to connect young educators to each other and help them succeed in the conference, and in their careers. Through workshops, community building, and social programs, YP gives young educators the tools they need to get the most out of NewCAJE, grow as professionals, and meet incredible friends and colleagues.

Educators between the ages of 20-36, and have attending fewer than three NewCAJE conferences, are eligible to apply. YP’s receive reduction in conference cost and a travel subsidy.

Benefits to You

You receive:

  • Discounted registration, including housing and food.
  • A chance to apply for additional scholarship money to put towards your conference or travel expenses.
  • Personal mentorship from experts in your field.
  • Networking opportunities and social events with your peers and colleagues.
  • Admission to the closed Facebook group, a peer-to-peer sharing safe space.

YP Requirements

You Must:

  1. Be 20-36 years of age
  2. Have previously attended fewer than three NewCAJE conferences.

You Will:

  1. Attend a Pre-Conference Webinar.
  2. Attend the conference. You must stay on campus and attend the conference in full.
  3. Secure funding. We will advise you on how to ask your employer and your community for support but we do expect you and your employer(s) to contribute to registration costs.
  4. Actively participate in the YP sessions during the conference (including workshops, meals, and other special programs).
  5. Volunteer at the Conference.

The Leadership for Emerging Educators Program (LEEP) is a two-year fellowship for professionals at the beginning of their Jewish education journeys. Through mentoring, development, and collaboration, LEEPers create a strong community of practice that will last a lifetime.

Educators who have been in Jewish education as a professional for five years or less (excluding graduate school), and have attended fewer than two NewCAJE conferences, are eligible to apply. LEEPers receive a significant reduction in conference cost, as well as a travel subsidy, during their two years as fellows.

The Program:

PRE-CONFERENCE

LEEPers have a pre-conference webinar to get to know each other and ask questions about the conference.

Friday and Saturday: Your conference experience begins with an introductory LEEP session on Friday afternoon. Over Shabbat, you’ll get to know the other LEEPers, participate in services and other programs with the rest of the attendees, and begin to formulate your goals for the conference. 

Sunday: On Sunday, participants meet in small mentoring groups, map out conference plans, and give each other feedback on workshop presentations. 

CONFERENCE

Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon: During the conference, LEEPers for special learning sessions, meals, social programs, and mentor check-ins.

POST-CONFERENCE

Wednesday Afternoon: At the post-conference, participants will debrief their experience, discuss the “big issues” in Jewish education, and brainstorm new ideas for LEEP and future conferences. LEEPers will also use what they have learned to craft a year-long project that will enhance the field of Jewish Education.

AFTER YOU GET HOME

During the year, you’ll stay connected to your LEEP cohort by working on your group project, checking-in with your mentor, and contributing to the Facebook Group’s discussion.

Second Year LEEPers and LEEP Alumni

During their pre- and post-conference program, second year LEEPers focus on leadership building and personal/professional growth.

LEEP alumni plan and facilitate programming for new cohorts, as well as participate in special alumni programming during the conference.

Benefits to you:

You Receive:

  • Discounted registration (main conference and shabbat), including housing and food.
  • A chance to apply for a travel grant for participants from places out of driving distance.
  • Tailored, focused sessions during the conference.
  • Personal mentorship from experts in your field.
  • Networking opportunities with your peers and colleagues.
  • Admission to the highly-effective closed Facebook group, a peer-to-peer sharing safe space.

LEEP Requirements

You Must:

  1. Be in the first 5 years of your career (excluding years in graduate school).
  2. Have previously attended fewer than two NewCAJE conferences.

You Will:

  1. Attend the conference. You must stay on campus and attend the conference in full, including pre-conference Shabbat and post-conference programming, for this year and next year. No late arrivals or early departures are acceptable.
  2. Secure funding. We expect you to raise funds for your participation. We will advise you on how to ask your employer and your community for support but we do expect you and your employer(s) to contribute to registration costs.
  3. Pay nothing until you have been accepted to the program. Upon acceptance, confirm you are coming and complete payment.
  4. Actively participate in all LEEP sessions and meetings during the conference and in the pre- and post-conference programs.
  5. Propose a workshop for this conference and the next. In your first year, you may opt to present OR observe and debrief another workshop.
  6. Volunteer at the conference.
  7. Write a 500 word article for the Jewish Educator Journal after acceptance to the program.
  8. Work with your peers on a 2 year-long project to benefit the field of Jewish Education (estimated commitment is two hours per week).
  9. Attend a mid-year retreat in the second year.

FAQs

FAQs:

What form do I use to apply to be a YP or a LEEPer? Will I be charged when I apply?

I'm not sure if I should apply. Can I contact someone to talk about it?

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