Last month, during our executive board weekend at the URJ Kutz Camp, we spent some time thinking about our goals and objectives as a regional board for the year, and wanted to take a moment to share them all with you.
Throughout the course of the weekend, we laid out our benchmarks of success and the initiatives we are planning to execute in order to help us fulfill those goals. In formulating these concrete missions, we kept in mind the reasons behind why we do everything we do, and why each of these goals are necessary in order to better our region.
Our first benchmark addresses the concept that we must cater to the interests of the people in the NY Area, and therefore, we must diversify the content we offer at events. By holding a variety of subregional events that could range from a political debate to an arts festival, we hope to attract a variety of teens to specific content-driven events. By giving members of our community the opportunity to plan and lead these events, we hope to empower anyone who wants to be a leader. In addition to enhancing our community through our events, we hope to reach out to under-engaged congregations, while also maintaining a relationship with the already engaged congregations. In total, our goal is to have 53 engaged congregations by the end of the year, with a sum of at least 550 unique participants, including at least 225 new members.
In addition to our high school members, we recognize the importance of engaging our youth, the ones who will sustain the future of our region. As the NFTY678 program for middle school students grows stronger, we hope to increase our own Junior Youth programming and participation, specifically looking to double the amount of JYG participants from last year.
Lastly, since we know these initiatives and benchmarks will require a wealth of resources, we have decided to develop a fundraising campaign in order to gain support from parents, alumni and other invested stakeholders.
We hope you are just as excited for the year ahead as we are! To make these goals a reality, we need the passion and leadership from each and every one of our members. We look forward to sharing more about these initiatives at our first Regional Cabinet Meeting, Sunday, October 18th from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. These cabinet meetings, open to any member of our community, will provide transparency to the work that we are doing, and collect feedback and information to help us make our region stronger. We encourage you to join us.
Afterall, only together, can we truly make it happen!
The 2015-2016 NFTY-NAR Regional Board