This program aims to…
- Build a pipeline of mental health professionals to work at Jewish Camps.
- Support Jewish camps in recruiting and retaining staff with specialized skills.
- Create additional staff capacity for supporting mental health in camp, proactively and to address crises.
- Provide learning and networking opportunities to Jewish camp staff at the intersection of mental health and Jewish camp.
- Attend and participate in community of practice sessions with other graduate students via zoom throughout the summer one-hour weekly.
- Learn during synchronous and asynchronous activities pre-camp during the spring.
- Network with current camp mental health professionals.
- Be exposed to a variety of organizations and experts doing mental health work.
- Participate in all evaluation/feedback activities part of this program.
- Receive funding towards the Fellow’s summer salary.
- Ensure a qualified mental health professional with 3-5 years of experience is:
- on-site as part of camp’s staff this summer, in addition to the graduate student Fellow,
- available to support the Fellow as a supervisor, and
- participates in one pre-camp session with their Fellow AND one in-summer 1:1 meeting with a Fellowship representative on-site or via zoom.
- Support and ensure Fellow has a private space with good internet connection to attend and participate in weekly summer cohort sessions via zoom.
- Participate in all evaluation/feedback activities of this program.
- Have a leadership team member participate in an online synchronous meeting alongside their Fellow.
- Be open to having staff from FJC and the Yedid Nefesh initiative visit camp during the summer for a site-visit with the Fellow.
STIPEND PAYMENT & TIMELINE
Camps with Fellows who complete the full program (including, but not limited to: attendance in synchronous sessions, work through their full summer contract, and complete end-of-summer evaluation/feedback forms) will receive a stipend in October 2023 electronically via ACH direct deposit. All stipends will be sent directly to camps, not to Fellows.
Stipend amounts will range based on applicant's experience (recently started school vs recent graduate, etc.), with the minimum starting at $3,000. We expect camps will need to supplement this and camp may use this stipend to help cover salary, housing, travel, or other expenses related to the Fellow’s job this summer and retention.
Below are tentative dates/times for synchronous gatherings as a Fellowship cohort, as well as some related asynchronous opportunities for ongoing learning. THESE DATES/TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Additional optional opportunities may be shared, and those listed below will be shared about in more detail during the program. All cohort gatherings will take place via zoom.
Week of March 27: One hour weekday cohort gathering
Week of April 18: One hour weekday gathering for Fellows + supervising Mental Health Professional and/or Camp Leadership)
Week of May 2: One hour weekday cohort gathering
Week of May 16: One hour weekday cohort gathering
May - June: OPTIONAL Youth Mental Health First Aid certification (five hours)
June - August: Weekly one hour weekday cohort gathering
August: One hour weekday - cohort closing
FJC is always looking to reflect and learn from our work, committed to accurately collecting and using data to improve programs, report on the growth of the Jewish camp field, and to help communicate the power of Jewish camp. Participants agree to support any and all of FJC’s efforts to evaluate program impact and collect data through surveys, focus groups, and other means as appropriate and with permission.
All Fellows will be asked to submit reflection reports at the end of the summer to gauge impact and learn about individual experiences. There will be opportunities for anonymous feedback.