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Alternative Winter Break or AWB is Young Judaea’s week long service learning program.  It launched in 2007 in Los Angeles with 38 chanichim and over the past 8 years, we have had more than 550 teens volunteer in 5 different locations.  Close to 60 madrichim volunteered alongside them for a combined total of over 14,000 hours.  The only math I have not done is figuring out how many lives we might have affected.

What I do know is that we cannot do it without great madrichim, and you are getting this email because someone has recommended you or I have seen first-hand that you belong with us this winter.  Our teens deserve the best madrichim and those that really care about social change and community responsibility, those that know what kind of effect AWB can have on a teen and those that are willing to take out a week of their own well-earned winter-break to join us.

This upcoming winter we will be offering AWB in two different locations; Los Angeles and New Orleans from December 25th-39th. Staff will be expected to arrive on Friday, December 23rd for orientation.

If you:

  • Have been thinking about this since you participated yourself

  • Feel like you can help make AWB a great experience for teens

  • Want to get to work yourself

  • Understand the value of tikun olam in the lives of Young Judaeans and teens in general

  • Then fill out the attached form and we’ll start the conversation.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSds06PfCGRs7vBcUplzeptl0xg2vA6fV2sYkL8YbbSFSeQiWg/viewform

Please note the following:

  1. This is a volunteer position.  Young Judaea will cover all expenses, including flights, but there is no compensation.  Madrichim can extend flights in either location.

  2. Staff will be chosen by the following criteria: application answers, recommendations, ability to take part in pre-AWB programming.

  3. Staff will be encouraged to help with recruitment of their camp chanichim and teen in their area

  4. Staff will be a part of the building of a new AWB educational curriculum.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING TO STAFF AWB IS SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
PLEASE NOTE THAT PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO MADRICHIM WHO HAVE COMPLETED YC AND 1 YEAR OF COLLEGE OR 2 YEARS OF COLLEGE. ADDITIONALLY, ENTERING FRESHMAN (NO GAP YEAR) ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

Please understand that there are limited spots to staff AWB. We will be considering several important elements and fundamental skills including past experiences, Young Judaea plans for the future, availability to mentor the teens before the trip, approach to the subjects, recommendations. Spots are limited and we will do everything we can to provide final decisions very soon after the application deadline. Acceptance of staff will also depend on participant enrollment and we reserve the right to rescind any offer. Please note that this is a volunteer position. Flights and expenses will be covered, but there is no salary or fee

For more information about this year’s trips, please visit www.youngjudaea.org/awb

For questions, please email winterbreak@youngjudaea.org or call Sharon at 917-595-2100 x209




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