The Adult Job Track will provide opportunities to explore a variety of ways to engage adults in meaningful programming and purposeful activities at your JCC. Sessions will include interactive discussions and presentations around everything from innovative programs being piloted around the country, to reimagining how we develop and market our programs, with a particular focus on the growing number of baby boomer and senior adults. The Adult Job Track is your chance to learn from national experts, share best practices and network with your colleagues on how to connect with adult populations.
Adult Job Track Leader: Andy Paller, Vice President, Community Consultant | Director of Benchmarking, Strategic Performance
Develops and coordinates JCC Excellence: The Benchmarking Project. Presents reports and consults with JCCs based on an analysis of the data and findings gathered through the Benchmarking Project.
Session 1: Nuts & Bolts—Learning From Each Other
Speaker: Andy Paller, VP, Community Consultant/Director of Benchmarking/Strategic Performance, JCC Association
Description: Adult Job Track participants will share individual successes and frustrations, discussing the challenges and opportunities serving different adult populations in our JCCs, and identifying strategies for increasing impact and success.
Session 2: Connecting Adults to the Arts
Speaker: Leah Porrata, Sr. Director of Education, Central Florida Community Arts and Kaileigh Anne Buckley, Outreach and Director of Education & Outreach, Central Florida Community Arts
Description: We will use as a springboard an Orlando area program of low-cost classes that provide opportunities for seniors to connect as actors, singers, dancers or storytellers (with a parallel program for persons with disabilities) and explore opportunities for building on JCC arts and culture expertise by extending it to adult and older adult populations. This could inspire you to develop a similar program, find a local partner, or even partner with Central Florida Community Arts to create program magic.
Session 3: Bringing Discover CATCH to the Adult and Senior Adult Department
Speakers: Holly Tanyhill, Founder, Education Pathway; Mark Horowitz, Vice-President, Director, Sheva Center, JCC Association; Mackenzie Adams, Assistant Director, Sheva Center, Coordinator of Health & Wellness Strategies, JCC Association
Description: Discover CATCH is a well-developed, evidence-based program around healthy eating & physical activity habits that has been used in a variety of settings. This session will include brief presentations on the goals and details of Discover CATCH and how it has been networked in more than 70 JCCs across the continent, as well as a presentation of an Orlando program that trains seniors in CATCH principles to work in either inter-generational or peer-to-peer settings. Participants will brainstorm how the activities and experiences would work with a JCC adult or senior population.
Session 4: New Models for Engaging with Seniors
Speaker: Dr. Patricia Brown, Interim Dean, Hamilton Holt School, Rollins College
Description: In this session, we will learn about the STARS Senior Enrichment Program of the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College, begun in 2012 to provide opportunities for senior outreach through 10-week classes taught by current and retired faculty and community members. JCCs have also created more time-limited learning opportunities, allowing us to think about different approaches to adult learning at JCCs. We will also spend some time during this session learning about disaster preparation and responses for your department, ways in which it might be able to help another JCC faced with a disaster as part of the new JResponse program, and will be hearing from an IsrAID expert on working with older adults and trauma.
Session 5: Set Your Course—Being the Best Professional We Can Be
Speaker: Beth Garfinkle Hancock, Chizuk Director & Program Manager of JCC LTI
Description: While our work focus is on delivering the best programs for the populations we serve, we often disregard our own needs. In this session, Beth Garfinkle Hancock, JCC Association Chizuk director and program manager of the JCC Leadership Training Institute, will take participants through a metaphorical bicycle ride as we evaluate our achievements and our potential emotionally, physically, and Jewishly, while identifying practices that can also be applied to our programming.