Community Impact Year Course
The Community Impact Year Course gives participating teens an opportunity to take part in a transformational group learning experience through a Jewish lens by working through obstacles and solving problems. During this nine-month program, small groups of teens form working teams to explore identity and perform mission-driven acts of service and advocacy. Year Course is available in two programs–one for middle school and one for high school.
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Each Year Course team will be challenged to define their own unique mission statement, set ambitious goals, take healthy risks to find solutions to obstacles, and strive to create authentic change in their own lives and those they impact in their communities.
With the support and guidance of multi-disciplined educators, the teams will satisfy their required hours within five core Year Course elements. Each element will teach a skill, provide knowledge and insight, or create a direct opportunity for you and your team to take a step closer to achieving the goal of your mission.
Year Course Curriculum Areas:
Learning: Teams identify key professional and personal skills they wish to acquire through their Year Course and work closely with JFCS educators to secure opportunities and to acquire skills, such as interviewing, resume building, and public speaking.
Service: Each team chooses how to best serve a specific client base and schedules volunteer and service hours in order to reach the clients defined in their mission statement. A few examples may include: visiting homebound seniors or connecting with isolated people with disabilities.
Growth: Teams meet with JFCS clinical and rabbinical professionals to work on personal growth. Topics include: stress management, conflict resolution, anxiety reduction, coping with expectations of excellence, effective communication, and more.
Leadership: Teams create and execute original programming fulfilling their specific team mission. For example: creating a service program for seniors or facilitating a homework club.
Community: Teams become teen advocates in their community and they share what they have learned throughout the year at school service fares, clubs, and beyond.