At 7:30 pm tonight, I expect to see 40 plus excited Tikvah participants from across the US and Canada on Zoom, ready to participate in our 2nd of 12 virtual vocational training sessions. The National Ramah Tikvah Network is pioneering a program for participants and alum of our job training programs, known in various camps as Ezra, Atzmayim and Voc Ed. We will be meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm to learn job skills, soft skills of a job, to do hands-on projects, and to hear from alum of our programs who describe their current jobs, living situations, Jewish involvement and social lives. The participants will also have time at the end to socialize—and sing the “wind down the day song” of each camp, Rad Hayom.
In our first session, participants and staff introduced themselves, learned about Zoom, and learned about goals and goal-setting. Tonight, we will experiment with breakout room so we can have smaller group discussions and more individualized instruction as we make cards for front line workers.
From our discussions with colleagues at the Foundation for Jewish camp, at other camps and at Task Force on Disabilities for the UJA-New York, it seems we are perhaps the first to move our robust in-person summer training programs online. We are taking careful notes and look forward to sharing “lessons learned.” For now, off to prepare for an animated, action-packed hour with awesome young adults from Toronto, Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and lots of other cities and towns!