The people who work with children and families have a unique role at JCCs. How do you balance the need to provide programming and support for children while meeting the needs of the adults in their family? This track will dive into the complicated task of running the department that centers around children age 5-12. From ongoing classes to after school care, to community wide events—we will share and explore it all.
Children/After School Job Track Leader: Robby Etzkin, Executive Director, The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando
Session Title #1: I’m Great, You’re Great, and Together We’re Greater!
Speaker: Robby Etzkin, Executive Director, The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando
Description: Build your professional network and learn from each other in a fun, small group setting, as we dive into issues that are important to you and your job.
Session Title #2: Keys to Successful Programming to Keep Families Coming Back
Speakers: Tracy Newman, Engagement Lead, PJ Library at Harold Grinspoon Foundation; Jamie Light, PJ Our Way Content Lead and Director, PJ Library International Conference
Description: Your programs are well-planned, well-advertised and super fun except they don’t always attract the families you were expecting. We’ll explore best practices for designing engaging programming that connects families meaningfully with each other and keeps them coming back for more. This interactive session will use PJ Library’s Engagement Guiding Principles and the design elements that can help turn a series of programs into an ongoing opportunity for building friendships. Key learnings you will take home include the benefits of ongoing programs, easy-to-use evaluation tools, strategies for putting parents in the driver’s seat and ways to incorporate accessible Jewish content.
Session Title #3: Taste of Leadership Coaching for Children’s & Youth Professionals
Speaker: Marci Mayer Eisen, MSW, ACC, Director, Millstone Institute/JProStl
Description: How do you find “coachable moments” to empower others to increase their confidence and find their own paths to success? Experience what makes leadership coaching distinct from other ways to lead through deep listening, exploring options, identifying roadblocks and making commitments. Explore how bringing a culture of inquiry to your meetings can directly enhance trust, teamwork and problem solving.
Session Title #4: Part I – You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a First (or Last) Impression (Joint with Day Camp Job Track)
Speaker: Dr. Debi Gilboa, Parenting and Youth Development Expert
Session Title #4 Part II: Preparing for Emergencies (Joint with Day Camp and Teens Job Track)
Session Title #5: Building a Great Team (Joint with Teens Job Track)
Description: Teamwork is the key to effective organizations, decision making and change. Whether you’re working with a camp staff, after-school program staff, an advisory committee or a team of colleagues, experience ways you can enhance the group dynamics to maximize a positive and energetic work environment.