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  • 1. Engaging Teens in Activism & Tikkun Olam Presented By: Shiri Bernstein Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Areyvut
  • 2. What is Activism?
    • Intentional action to bring about social or political change.
    • This action is in support of, or opposition to, one side of a controversial argument.
    • Standing up for what you believe in!
    • Activism should ALWAYS coincide with “service learning.” Before anyone begins to fight for their beliefs, they should understand what they are fighting for.
    • Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is in danger. I am God. – Leviticus 19:16
  • 3.  
  • 4. What is Tikkun Olam ? (Hebrew: תיקון עולם )
    • “ Repairing the world” or “perfecting the world.”
    • In the Mishnah it states: mip'nei tikkun olam ("for the sake of tikkun olam ") which indicates that a practice of tikkun olam should be followed not because it is required by Biblical law, but because it helps avoid negative social consequences.
  • 5. What does Wiki Say? Among many, tikkun olam has taken on political, as well as religious, significance. It is often used as a synonym for social action or social justice, with the implication that we should work toward the development of a fair and equal society with the same zeal with which their ancestors may have followed Jewish religious law.
  • 6. Facts About Gen Y (today's teens)
    • They make up 26% of the population
    • They are know as the “online” generation (always connected)
    • Technology is in their circle of friends (their iPod is one of their extended limbs)
    • Their attention span is limited, they get bored
    • easily
    • They smell a forced connection a mile away
    • and don’t trust anyone
  • 7. 10 Tips for Taking Social Action Taken from The Kid’s Guide to Social Justice By Barbara A. Lewis
    • Choose a problem
    • Do your research
    • Brainstorm possible solutions & choose one
    • Build coalitions of support
    • Work with your opposition
    • Advertise
    • Raise money
    • Carry out your solution
    • Evaluate and reflect
    • Don’t give up!
  • 8. Now, how exactly are you supposed to engage & motivate your teens in activism & tikkun olam ?
  • 9. Motivation through the Media getting inside the mind of teenagers
    • Cartoons
    • Videos/Games
    • Technology
    • (Podcasts, Blogs
    • Social Networks, Cell
    • Phones…)
    • Music
      • We Didn’t
      • Start the Fire
      • By Billy Joel
  • 10. We Didn’t Start the Fire What is this song referring to?
    • Place teens in groups of four.
    • Tell them that they are going to update the song.
    • Have students individually brainstorm events and issues from 2000 – present.
    • Have group members share.
    • Create a group stanza.
    • Pass out transparency and have groups write a new stanza.
    • Each group will share / sing new stanza.
    • Following the sharing have groups discuss rationale for events / issues included.
    • Have groups research and investigate original song’s events and issues.
  • 11.
    • 1990-2001
      • Lyrics Written By Shiri Bernstein
      • Fiber Optics, Bill Clinton, Storm Andrew, OJ Simpson
      • Gulf War, Cold War, World Wide Internet
      • Mid East, Trade Towers, Waco Texas, Collin Powell
      • Oklahoma, LA Quake, Lorena Bobbitt
      • Playstation, Rodney King, The 60’s are back again
      • Columbine, Mark McGuire, Monica, John Glen
        • “ We didn’t start the terror, it was always present though we tried to fight it, we didn’t start the terror, it is always near, despite our fear”
      • Broadband, Boy bands, Palm Pilot, DVD
      • Austin Powers, Unabomber, Reality TV
      • Halley’s Comet, Y2K, Living in the info age
      • 9-11, Anthrax, Barry Bonds, the X-box
        • “ We didn’t start the terror, it was always present though we tried to fight it, we didn’t start the terror, it is always near, despite our fear”
  • 12. With Passion…
  • 13. With Needs… Maslow’s Hierarchy
  • 14. By Solving Problems Israel Animals Hunger Disabilities The Environment
  • 15. Passions + Needs + Problems =
    • A lifelong commitment to…
      • Chesed (kindness)
      • Tzedakah (charity)
      • Tikkun Olam (well, you know what this means…)
    • Because the teens have made the decisions on their own, they will be more likely to take a greater interest in the acts of kindness they are performing.
  • 16. So, now that we know what our teens are interested in, where do we go from here?
  • 17. Exposure
    • Role Models
      • Ask older students, teachers and celebrities who have done cool,
      • innovative projects to speak with your teens and discuss their
      • experiences.
    • Community Service Fairs
      • Arrange a personalized fair for students. This exposition is a
      • wonderful opportunity for students to begin the process of choosing
      • a meaningful mitzvah project.
  • 18. Model A: Volunteer Fair
    • Representatives from various community
    • organizations introduce students and their
    • families to a variety of hands on mitzvah
    • projects. Staff should offer
    • guidance on how to plan
    • and execute mitzvah
    • projects that best meet
    • each students needs.
  • 19. Model B: Hands-On Fair
    • Students are introduced to a variety of
    • mitzvah projects through participating in
    • Hands-on activities that will help them decide
    • what project best fits their needs and interests.
    • Both models can also be
    • combined into one fair.
  • 20. Experiential Learning
    • Let teens see first hand how fortunate they
    • really are. Taking teens to a soup kitchen,
    • lets them see who will benefit from their
    • good deeds. This is often enough
    • reward to motivate students to
    • continue doing tikkun olam .
  • 21.
    • Encourage teens to stand up for their beliefs .
    • Encourage teens to do projects that interest them .
    • Encourage teens to be creative and start a project on their own if they can’t find one that fits their needs.
    • Encourage teens by participating in projects with them.
    • Encourage teens to do projects with their friends .
    • Encourage teens with rewards and incentives (i.e. community service hours).
  • 22. RAD:D
    • Sarita Rosenstock, of Princeton, NJ co-founded an independent, student-run
    • organization called Raising Awareness Destination: Darfur dedicated to raising
    • awareness about the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, and helping to stop it.
    • Since RAD:D’s launch in 2005, it has spoken to youth groups, synagogues and schools,
    • organized a number of fundraising and educational events regarding the crisis and is
    • currently working on future events.
    • The genocide in Darfur has been going on for years and not enough has been done to help
    • the three million people awaiting relief. To learn more
    • about the situation, get involved and help, contact
    • RAD:D to find out how you can help make a
    • difference and start a program in your community.
    • Contact: Sarita Rosenstock
    • Phone: 609-497-1149
    • E-mail: srpupp@princeton.edu
  • 23. Operation Noah
    • Operation Noah is an organization created by Dennis Fries, a
    • teenager from Chandler, Arizona, when he was only 13 years-old. While undergoing
    • medical tests, Dennis discovered how a soft, cuddly stuffed animal could comfort
    • young hospital patients. With this in mind, Operation Noah set out to collect and
    • deliver stuffed animals to cheer up children in local hospitals.
    • In just over two years, Operation Noah has collected and donated over 20,000
    • stuffed animals, visited 50 hospitals and has expanded beyond Arizona to 10 states.
    • Operation Noah's goal is to set up chapters in every state so that children in
    • hospitals everywhere can be comforted.
    • Get Involved: If you would like to participate or request that your community or
    • organization be part of this project, please visit http://operationnoah.info for
    • information on starting your own collection drive.
  • 24. Helen’s Bike-a-thon
    • Helen Berman of Westchester County, NY, held
    • a bike-a-thon to raise money to buy food for victims of
    • terror in Israel. The bike-a-thon was held at the
    • Westchester County Center in White Plains. Despite the
    • rain, over 50 people came out to show their support and
    • partake in the activities. Some riders did the 3 mile route,
    • while others did the full 14 mile “super
    • advanced” trail. But no matter how far
    • they rode, all participants received t-shirts
    • and refreshments. After a full day of fun,
    • Helen raised over $15,000.
  • 25. Evaluate
    • Mitzvah Project Planning Journal
    • Mitzvah Essay Contest
    • Log Community Service Hours
    • Discussions & Reflections
    • Be Creative!
      • Photography/Videos
      • Writing (poetry, drama, music, etc)
      • Skits/Performances
      • Visual Arts (murals, crafts, etc)
      • Technology (blogs, etc)
  • 26. Results
    • Giving your teen proper guidance, leads to
    • successfully participation in activism &
    • tikkun olam .
    • More than that, they will want to do
    • chesed, tzedakah & tikkun olam.
  • 27. More Information
    • Shiri Bernstein
    • (201) 244-6702
    • [email_address]
    • Check it out!
    • www.areyvut.org