CYP / The Millennial an ambassador to the Jewish community

CYP - Chabad Young Professionals is a global community of over 80,000 young secular Jews in 82 cities who come together to celebrate being a proud Jew. Through spirited Jewish parties, soulful meditations and warm Friday night dinners Jews of every background feel at home.

Location: NY , New York
Year founded: 2014

Description

CYP - Chabad Young Professionals is a global community of over 80,000 young secular Jews in 82 cities who come together to celebrate being a proud Jew. Through spirited Jewish parties, soulful meditations and warm Friday night dinners Jews of every background feel part of their proud young Jewish community.

We create this community by curating, training and empowering teams of young couples (husband and wife teams) who commit their lives to building strong young communities in their respective local cities.

To date, 85 couples in 82 cities around the world actively engage more than 80,000 young Jews through spirited Jewish parties, soulful meditation, and meaningful discussions on the quest to answer life’s deepest questions. Chabad’s ethos is simple: love every Jew. No matter if someone comes from an orthodox, reform, conservative, liberal or no Jewish background, at Chabad they feel at home. This is predicated on the essential belief in the innate worth of every Jewish soul, a worth independent of other considerations. Our mission is not to create religious Jews, rather proud Jews.

The millennial - An Ambassador to the (Jewish) community

About

We are a local community of young secular Jewish professionals in almost every large city in the world. We built this by curating, training and empowering teams of young couples (husband and wife teams) who commit their lives to building young intentional communities in their respective local cities. Each community respectively engages between 1000 - 3000 young Jews annually. These couples partner with 2 -5 local influential young leaders to build a vibrant community together.

Each community is built on fusing Jewish wisdom with the modern day needs of young secular Jews. The 3 pillars of our organization are building a business community, social community, and sharing positive Jewish experiences together.

We would like to expand this idea to 15 smaller suburban cities and create young vibrant Jewish communities.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

A. Engage with young professional Jews who otherwise would never have any connection to anything Jewish.

B. Identify and empower young professional lay leaders to develop their leadership skills and

C. create a local community of like-minded peers.

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Program Description

Our program recruits and curates some of the most influential young people in a given city and empowers them to build their own local young intentional community. These are succesful men and women who are not necessarily looking for a community or the next cool party, they already have that, rather they are looking to give back to the world and their communities and we are giving them that opportunity.

Through leadership development education and the curated experiences we are able to empower these lay leaders to create some of the most engaging communities of like minded Jews to come together and celebrate being Jewish, and helping each other get a leg up in their personal and career life.

The program would identify, educate and empower 2-5 young leaders per city to take a leadership role in creating strong vibrant Jewish communities for young professionals. The leadership skills learned would help them to grow in their personal careers while helping the local Jewish community.

They would work hand in hand with local established community leaders to host awesome social and Jewish events for their peers. These established community leaders would also impart advice, experience and connections to these young leaders.

As an example we just started this process in Beacon, NY which is a very young and artsy town in upstate NY which attracts many young Jews. We brought together 3 young professionals who are organizing the areas first Purim party for young professionals. Each of these young professionals is very busy in their own careers but are making the time because they understand the need.

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Demonstrated Need

  1. Millennials are the largest demographic
  2. They are also some of the most apathetic to Judaism
  3. Many are engaged Jewishly on campus but lose that when their looking to start their careers
  4. While the majority of university alumni move to urban cities, many are either moving back home (or to smaller young towns) where there is likely no young Jewish community. In 2016, 36 percent of graduating seniors planned on living at home at least a year or more after graduation, according to a recent survey by the job site Indeed.


https://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/10/more-college-grads...

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Program Accomplishments

  1. We began our organization in 2014 with 10 cities
  2. In Dec 2017 we brought together our 87th community
  3. Each community engages 1000 - 3000 young Jews and their friends
  4. 80% of our funding comes from our community members

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How do you measure the success of your program?

We measure success by:

  • The number of young leaders who are involved in creating the local community and their engagement level
  • The size of the local community that they build
  • The level of engagement of the young professionals coming to the community gatherings and events

This would be a new program focused on empowering the young leaders to take the main role. In the larger urban communities we saw some amazing success with empowering young leaders to take the initiative but we feel that with the smaller communities their role will get even stronger. This is primarily due to the fact that in the smaller communities the need for for community is even greater and young leaders will feel that much more needed to fill the void.

We will measure success by:

  • Each young leader will apply to become a local leader, their info will be stored in our salesforce platform.
  • All events, meetings and community programming that these leaders organize will be reported into the platform
  • We will measure their success by the number of engagement opportunities they organize and the number of young professionals that they engage.
  • We will also measure engagement by the number of times each participant comes to a gathering or program.
  • The platform will compare and contrast all cities on the platform and rate them to give a level of accountability to those involved.

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