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<p>The Coalition of Jewish Teens, or CJT, was created with the purpose of bringing together Jewish teens from all different youth movements, including BBYO, NCSY, NFTY, USY and Young Judaea. As representatives of the major Jewish youth movements, we are united in taking a stand against bullying everywhere. While each one of us may belong to a different Jewish youth movement, we are connected by our passion and desire to fulfill tikkun olam, our responsibility to repair the world. Together we must create a more inclusive and open Jewish community for today and tomorrow. We urge all Jewish teens, as well as all those who work with Jewish teens and the parents and families of Jewish teens, to take a stand against intolerance.</p> <p><object width="460" height="259" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/P4Od28j3aaM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="movie" va ...

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<span><span>What </span><strong><em>is</em></strong><span> on the minds of today's Jewish teens? Without an understanding of why they are and what is on their minds, Jewish communities can not provide meaningful experiences to teens.   <br /><br />Through a "live time" survey of its students, <a href="http://naacchhs.org/" target="_blank">NAACCHHS</a> (the North American Association of Community and Congregational Hebrew High Schools) <span>provides us with an invaluable window into the motivations, thinking and actions of a group of teens enrolled in their programs.</span><span> </span><span>219 teens responded to a five-question online survey in May 2010.</span><span> </span><span>Directors of the NAACCHHS schools interpreted the findings and their implications at the annual NAACCHHS conference in June 2010.</span><span> </span><span>This issue of QuickBytes shares what JESNA and NAACC ...

Publication Date2010
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<span>Repair the World presents the first-ever comprehensive study of contemporary Jewish young adults and their attitudes and behaviors towards community service. Entitled “Volunteering +Values: A Repair the World Report of Jewish Young Adults,” the study was commissioned by Repair the World and conducted as a collaborative effort between the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and Gerstein-Agne Strategic Communications. Prior to this study, little was known about the full extent of Jewish young adults’ service commitments as national surveys of volunteering either did not include information about the religious identity of respondents or contained too small a sample of Jewish young adults to permit meaningful analysis.<br /><br /></span><span>The study reveals that Jewish millennials believe their service can make a difference in the world and in the lives of ...

Publication Date2011
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<p><strong> </strong><em>BBYO Impact Study: Analysis of Surveys Conducted with Current BBYO Members, College-Age and Young Adult Alumni and Non-Alumni,</em> commissioned by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation,<em> </em>takes a look at the impact of participation in the short, medium and long term. Overall, BBYO is having a remarkably positive impact. The BBYO experience results in young adults who are more inclined to have Jewish friends, believe that being Jewish plays an important role in their lives, hold leadership roles in their community and are committed to having Jewish families.</p> <p>This impact research comes at a critical time. Researchers and sociologists who study American Jews have been documenting a decline in interest and participation in Jewish youth organizations and activities by young Jews. It is estimated that around 75 percent of teenage Jews celeb ...

Publication Date2011
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<p>The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based organizations, tribal programs, and all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning.</p> <p><strong>NSLC offers the following:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Website</strong> with information and resources to support service-learning programs, practitioners, and researchers</li> <li><a href="http://www.servicelearning.org/email-discussion-lists"><strong>Email discussion lists</strong></a> for K-12, community-based, tribes and territories, and higher education service-learning</li> <li><a href="http://www.servicelearning.org/library"><strong>Library collection</strong></a> available to Learn and Serve America grantees and subgrantees</li> <li><a href="http://www.servicelearning.o ...

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In the fall of 2007, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation commissioned BTW informing change (BTW) to assess the landscape of Jewish Service Learning. Joined by a shared interest to better understand the practice and potential of Jewish Service Learning, these foundations asked BTW to examine Jewish Service Learning, the current capacity among practitioners, the support required to further that capacity and the relevance of secular national service and other faith-based service traditions in defining the potential and evolution of Jewish Service Learning. The BTW team conducted 86 key informant interviews with donors, institutional funders, Jewish Service Learning practitioners, community professionals and Jewish thought leaders, as well as representatives of faith-based and secular service organizatio ...

Publication Date2008
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The Sulam Center has resource pages for students, parents and educators. Welcome to <span class="regBold">Sulam: the Center for Jewish Service Learning</span>. Service Learning is a methodology that helps you to more deeply connect your students with their Jewish tradition and adds depth and meaning to the community service work (whether you call it Tzedakah, Chesed, Tikkun Olam or social action) that they perform. We exist to provide you with the tools you need to use this valuable approach to enhance your educational programs. Educator resource center includes curricular materials, professional development opportunities, and a database of Jewish teen-friendly volunteer opportunities. <br />

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The Jewish Farm School is an environmental education organization whose mission is to practice and promote sustainable agriculture and to support food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions. They offer a wide range of programs for teens, adults &amp; educators, including an internship program for high school seniors in NY state; an organic farming alternative spring break in CA &amp; Philadelphia; an educators' seminar in NY state; an urban sustainability program in Philadelphia; as well as workshops, conferences, lectures, &amp; outreach programs across the US.

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PBS's online resource center for teachers offers a multitude of resources for K-12 teachers, including discussion boards, a blog devoted to multimedia strategies for the classroom, a webinar archive, as well as materials devoted exclusively to each age group &amp; grade level.

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<span>While most Americans remain ambivalent about teenage sexuality, that same sentiment doesn't often apply to emerging adulthood. Ages 18 to 23 are popularly thought of as some of the most sexualized in life. But is it true? Premarital Sex in America tells the definitive story of the sexual and relationship values and practices of unmarried emerging adults. Sociologists Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker draw upon their analysis of nationally representative data and scores of in-person interviews to help shed light on numerous questions about the sex lives of young heterosexual Americans in this new book.<br /> <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br />Download a short summary of the book here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=706&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" al ...

Publication Date2011
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new Child Trends research brief tracking religiosity and spirituality among youth and young adults around the world finds wide variation in attitudes and beliefs that may be linked to historic, cultural, and economic differences. Using survey data, <strong><em>The Demographics of Spirituality and Religiosity Among Youth: International and U.S. Patterns</em></strong> also finds: </span><span> </span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span>There is a clear imprint of religion on beliefs in countries with a history of an influential dominant religion, such as Catholicism or Islam, so that young adults from these countries score relatively high on questions of spirituality and religiosity.</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal"><span> </span><span>As countries develop economically, there tends to be less emphasis on traditional r ...

Publication Date2010
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This interpretative essay presents the findings of the online 2006-2007 NFTY Survey. The goal of the NFTY Survey was to understand how NFTYites experience the relationships, activities, and community environment in their Temple Youth Groups. The NFTY Survey was designed to complement URJ’s 2007 Portraits of Learning Study. The NFTY Survey is a derivative of the  Learning and Development in Jewish Schools and Educational Programs surveys that were developed at the Yale Child Study Center (BenAvie, Kress, Brown, and Steinfeld, 2005). These surveys were designed to help Jewish educational programs  provide outcome data to funders, set goals and priorities for educational change, create  opportunities for informed dialogue and partnership among constituencies (educators, young people, parents, funders), enable educational programs to reflect on the impact of previous programs and initiatives ...

Publication Date2007
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This project was initiated in the fall of 2009 by Rose Community Foundation to identify, evaluate and document recent research and study into Jewish teens and their involvement with Jewish and non-Jewish out-of-school activities.  The purpose was to identify trends and patterns in motivations of Jewish youth in choosing to participate (or not) in different out-of-school activities.  Declining participation rates in both formal and informal Jewish programming have been well documented nationally, and local programs have not been immune to this trend.  Developing an understanding of common motivations and interests of Jewish teens will help local organizations serving Jewish youth adapt both programmatic and marketing strategies to be more responsive to the interests of local teens.  The goal is that this research will guide philanthropists, Jewish institutions serving teens, program staff ...

Publication Date2010
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<div>An action research study from  The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education (ACAJE).<br />The study started as a simple survey of a limited number of teens and expanded into a broader-based study which produced significantly more information which would have a greater potential for wider applicability.This report summarizes the findings of the study and concludes with</div> <div>recommendations.  <br /><br />Download the report here:<br /> <a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=685&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Engaging and Retaining Jewish Youth (<span class="small">126.82 kB</span>)</a></div>

Publication Date2002
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Research on the religious and spiritual lives of American youth can involve methodological issues and challenges different from those encountered when studying adults, or when not exploring religious factors in the lives of youth. This report provides an introductory overview of some of those issues and challenges. It is written for interested researchers who are less experienced in studying youth and religion, as well as for consumers of research who are interested in improving their ability to assess the value of research findings. This is not a comprehensive, technical manual or textbook in research methods, but rather a general survey of some of the more important problems, questions, and choices that arise in the study of American youth and religion.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /> <a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=684&amp; ...

Publication Date2001
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This report demonstrates that religion among U.S. adolescents is positively related to participation in constructive youth activities. In addition, those who participate in religious activities seem to be less likely to participate in many delinquent and risk behaviors, as seen in the following areas: Substance Abuse, Safety and Danger, Crime and Violence, School Problems, and Constructive Activities and Supervision. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 1.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=683&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Religion and American Adolescent Delinquency, Risk Behaviors and Constructive Social Activities (<span class="small">1.17 MB</span>)</a> ...

Publication Date2002
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This report, based on nationally representative survey data, shows that religious U.S. 12th graders have significantly higher self-esteem and hold more positive attitudes about life in general than their less religious peers. Of the 13 attitudinal variables this report examines, only one was not significantly related to some dimension of religion when controlling for the effects of nine other variables such as age, race, sex and family structure. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 2.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=682&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Religion and the Life Attitudes and Self-Images of American Adolescents (<span class="small">1.33 MB</span> ...

Publication Date2002
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Researchers continue to document psychosocial influences of religion on the physical and emotional health and behaviors of U.S. youth and adults. In some cases, the magnitude of influence is staggering — among adults, going to religious services weekly provides a positive effect on lifespan that is comparable in magnitude to the negative effect of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day: about seven years (Hummer et al. 1999). In most cases, however, the direct influence of religion or religiosity is less substantial than this but still worth noting. The purpose of this report is to document and summarize research findings on the influence of religion on the lives of U.S. adolescents. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 3.<br /><br />Download the Literature Review here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=68 ...

Publication Date2003
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Religiously involved families of early adolescents, those ages 12 to14, living in the United States appear more likely to have significantly stronger family relationships than do families that are not religiously active. This report examines associations between three dimensions of family religious involvement (the number of days per week the family does something religious, parental worship service attendance and parental prayer) and the quality of family relationships. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 4.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=680&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Family Religious Involvement and the Quality of Family Relationships for Early Adol ...

Publication Date2003
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Religiously involved families of early adolescents, ages 12 to14, living in the United States appear to have significantly stronger relationships between mothers and fathers than families that are not religiously active. This report examines associations between three dimensions of family religious involvement (the number of days per week the family does something religious, parental worship service attendance and parental prayer) and the quality of the relationship between teens’ mothers and fathers. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion, Number 5.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=679&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Family Religious Involvement and the Quality of Parental Relationships for ...

Publication Date2003
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