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Yitro Leadership Program

About Yitro IV:

Thanks to the continued support of The AVI CHAI Foundation, the fourth cohort of the Yitro Leadership Program (Yitro IV) will provide training for up to 24 Jewish camp assistant and associate directors from a diverse cross-section of overnight Jewish summer camps. The 4th cohort of the  Yitro Leadership Program will give these professionals the skills and resources they need to enhance the Jewish experience at their home camps.

Over the course of a year and a half, participants will convene for five sessions for a total of seventeen days of intensive training.  Using experts and recognized leaders from various disciplines, the program will challenge the fellows to widen the lens of their perception of Jewish leadership in order to enhance the Jewish culture and experience at their home camps.  The Yitro Leadership Program will build a network of assistant and associate directors who will support one another in developing their skills as Jewish leaders and educators.

Yitro IV Participants will:

  • Experience personal and professional growth in order to improve camp programming and staff training, including a focus on integrating Jewish content;
  • Hone skills regarding camp staff leadership development, supervision, management and mentorship, while exploring Jewish foundations of these skills;
  • Engage in conversations about the vision and mission of their camp with their camp director;
  • Create and implement an individual action plan in consultation with the Yitro faculty and their respective camp directors, focused specifically on enhancing Jewish life at camp for staff and campers;
  • Work one-on-one with a skilled advisor and participate in a visit from their Yitro faculty advisor during the summer; and
  • Build a network of colleagues from Jewish camps across North America.

Eligible candidates:

  • Are full-time, year-round assistant, senior assistant and associate camp directors of non-profit overnight Jewish camps
  • Have served in their position for at least one year
  • Are involved in cultivating and managing the staff culture at their camp
  • Are involved in developing and implementing camper and staff programming at their camp

How to apply:

  1. Overview: View the Yitro IV Program Overview for more information and details about mandatory dates of the program.
  2. Camp Statement of Support: All applicants must have a statement of support from their Camp Director filled out via this online form. Directors must upload a copy of this document signed by the Director and a member of camp’s lay leadership affirming their support of the candidate. If Directors would like to preview the questions being asked of them and the guidelines for camp’s involvement, they can viewed here. Only online submissions will be accepted.
  3. Participation Agreement: Each applicant must fill out the participation agreement and upload it to the online application.
  4. Application: Each applicant must complete an online application, please apply here.A PDF version of the application can be viewed here, but only online applications will be accepted.

All application elements are due by end of day December 22nd, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Teri McGuire, Associate Program Manager
Email: teri@jewishcamp.org
Phone: 646-278-4559

Alumni Quotes

  • “Our in-person seminars were invaluable to me. It was helpful knowing we’d be coming together every few months to learn and grow together. My experience in Yitro always felt valuable and was time well-spent.”
  • “Yitro allowed me to see our strengths and areas to grow in. The program gave me the opportunity to collaborate with others rather than compete and allowed me to spend time learning from others and then I could bring it back to camp.”
  • “My participation in Yitro helped [my staff] see me as a professional who is interested in growing and changing. It’s positive for staff to see a Jewish professional who is not stagnant and to see that I’m young and growing and on the cutting-edge of the field.”