JumpSpark, a Federation Innovation initiative, continues to be a national leader in Jewish teen engagement, serving more than 1,000 teens, parents, and Jewish professionals in 2018-19 through 42 programs and 45 community partner collaborations.
JumpSpark is a hub, connector, partner, and funder for new programs for teens, parents of teens, and Jewish professionals who work with teens. In all these roles it is pioneering a new Community Partner Network that links Atlanta’s teen-serving organizations. JumpSpark intends to track Jewish engagement and evaluate the impact of each partner, as it strengthens our local network of Jewish professionals and empowers them to advance in their careers. It is also creating new Israel education opportunities and pop-up programming in collaboration with the Israel Taskforce.
JumpSpark’s Navigating Parenthood workshops will expand to three locations and three co-created series with host partners Congregation Gesher L’Torah in Alpharetta, Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs, and Chabad Intown. Topics will include antisemitism, how to keep teens engaged post-Bnai Mitzvah and post-graduation, plus workshops on teen mental health and wellness.
In its role as a funder, JumpSpark awarded nearly $250,000 in Spark Grants in spring 2019 and will be funding six innovative programs for Jewish teens in Atlanta. These strategic grants will be doubled to $500,000 in 2020 to impact the entire teen ecosystem of teens, their parents, and Jewish professionals. Contact Laura Gronek for more information.
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