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Youth Professionals

As a passionate madrich (life coach who mentors, encourages, and engages), you can profoundly impact youth.

Here you’ll find tools to help as you connect teens to meaningful and fun Jewish experiences on the local level.

Educational Programming and More

Stuck for a Yom Ha’atzmaut program idea? Looking for mixer games to run to welcome new members? See below for educational resources.

Can’t find the resources you’re looking for? Please contact Abby Kerbel, Teen Education and Leadership Outreach Manager, at [email protected] for further assistance.

Communications Assets

Download USY’s logo and brand guide to co-brand your chapter website. These files are password protected and are for official organizational use only. Please contact [email protected] if you did not receive an email with the password.

Other Resources

Get Involved Professionally

Get involved with JYDA, the Jewish Youth Director Association. A professional development group for Conservative Jewish youth directors and advisors, JYDA provides conventions, workshops, and connects you to a larger network of Jewish educators. 

Apply for a Chapter Grant

You, on behalf of your chapter, can apply for an Engagement and Innovation Grant, which:

  • Supports groundbreaking programming and innovation
  • Helps boost your ability to reach and engage more teens on the chapter level
  • Enables ongoing initiatives, one time programs, or USY/Kadima staff support

Priority will be given to initiatives that have the highest expected engagement impact and chapters that can supplement financial costs.

In order to apply, your chapter must:

  • Be part of USCJ-affiliated kehilla
  • Be in good standing (meaning you have paid USY/Kadima membership dues the previous year, or are a new chapter)

To apply:

  • Applications for grants of up to $3,000 (to be used for the 18-19 program year) must be received by July 2, 2018. We will notify you of your status by August 1, 2018
  • All applications must include a detailed budget

If your chapter is awarded a grant:

  • Awards for programs and initiatives will be given as reimbursements or direct invoice payments. Awards for staff support will be paid out over two payments during the year
  • The grant monies must be used by June 30, 2019
  • Recipients are required to provide a report and evaluation before final reimbursement

Click the link below to apply by July 2, 2018. Please log-in to the RegPack system using your chapter’s membership log-in information. If you do not know your log in, please contact your Regional Teen Engagement Director.

If your have  additional questions please contact [email protected].


We are a membership based organization, where membership begins on the chapter level.

Chapters are responsible for:

  • Collecting membership information
  • Funds for teens to attend chapter/local events (when applicable)

As a youth professional, you are responsible for entering this information, along with dues payments to the region and International USY/Kadima, into the online International USY/Kadima Membership System.

In order for teens to participate in regional and International programming you must submit the appropriate information and payment to International USY/Kadima.

Failure to do so may hinder your member’s eligibility to:

  • Attend events
  • Receive scholarship from regional and International USY
  • Hold a regional or international leadership position
  • Vote in any regional or international election

Questions? Email [email protected]

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