By the NFTY-NE 5777 Regional Board
As we look back on 2015-2016, it’s clear that NFTY-NE is growing by leaps and bounds. We saw our biggest regional events ever, more sub-regional programming emerging around the region, and a brand new partnership with the Northeast Teen Collective. This means more teens than ever are engaging in Jewish life and joining the NFTY-NE community.
With this amazing growth comes a big challenge: how can we make everyone feel included in a room of 400+ participants? We are so excited to announce two new leadership opportunities that we hope will make regional events more welcoming, more inclusive, and friendlier than ever.
Experience Coordinators: This new leadership position will focus on participants’ experiences at Summer and December Institutes! Up to six 10th-11th graders at each Institute will work with the other event personnel to think carefully about the new member experience, to plan meaningful down-time options, and to facilitate other experiential moments. For example, ECs will be in charge of our Family Group and Mitzvah Note systems, along with other responsibilities. They will be enthusiastic about NFTY, genuinely friendly and approachable, thoughtful about what we can improve at each event, and committed to making each Institute an incredible experience for all participants. ECs for Summer Institute will be announced with the other personnel in the next few days.
Kesher Mentorship Program: This program was recently approved by the region in an effort to create a “big sibling” relationship for new members at regional events. Any participant who has attended three or more regional events can sign up to be a Madrich (Kesher mentor). Madrichim will be matched with new participants at each event, and will work to make their experiences even more positive. We are so excited that Andrew Baxter, one of the authors of the amendment to create this program, will be leading the very first year of this program as the Kesher Chair! Applications for Madrichim will be open soon, so sign up to be a Madrich for the Fall semester!