#myUSYfisummer Program Catalog

Come join us for exciting virtual programming all summer long! #MyUSYfiSummer is open to all Jewish youth entering 5th grade through the Class of 2020.

#MyUSYfiSummer consists of two overall categories of programs: All-Access and Premium. To gain access to All-Access Programs, register on Regpacks by paying the $99 flat fee for six weeks of programming. All-Access Pass programming will be recorded for passholders who are unable to make it to a program but still want to participate. To gain access to Premium Classes, please read the description to find the separate program fee, and sign up on Regpacks.

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All programs are listed in EDT. Please find our program catalog below, and click here to register!

Watercolor Painting

In this program, we will be exploring different watercolor painting techniques, with a focus on painting nature and landscape. If the weather is nice, we could even paint outside! Click here for a list of supplies. No prior experience necessary! Teens in grades 5-Class of 2020 are all invited to participate!

Program Date(s):
Mondays - July 6, 13, 20 - 2-3 PM

Strengths in Leadership

For USYers in 8th grade through the Class of 2020 – come find your top five strengths and how to utilize them in leadership positions and situations! There will be two sessions and you must attend both in order to participate.

Program Date(s):
Wednesday, July 15 and 22, 2-3 PM

Mindful Photography

Throughout this class, 8th graders-Class of 2020 will gain tools to create with a focus on photography through the practice of mindfulness. We will practice how to take our surroundings in, look at family, friends, and community anew, and connect with something greater than ourselves (taking part in Tikkun Olam). By the end of each session, each participant will have a visual creation that expresses different skills and topics we learn. You will have the opportunity to share your creations on the USY website.

Program Date(s):
Mondays (July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) from 4-5 PM

Journalism 101

In this six-session course, begin by learning the basics principles of journalism. Explore advanced storytelling techniques used in different forms of journalism. Delve into different journalistic areas, with an emphasis on sports journalism. For USYers in 8th grade through the Class of 2020.

Program Date(s):
Thursdays (July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13) 1-3 PM

I’m Right, You’re Wrong: Jewish Debates

Join USYers in 8th grade-class of 2020 to debate various topics such as: Does religion need a god to be a religion? Has religion caused more bad than good in the world? Are violent video games appropriate for children? Should zoos be banned? And more!

Program Date(s):
Wednesdays (July 8th, 15th, 22nd) 4-5 PM

How To Sell USY!

For 8th grade-class of 2020 – join Bruce Varon to learn how to sell USY to people who are on the fence about joining or who have never participated in any program!

Program Date(s):
July 8th, 1-2 PM

How To Become a Tour Guide

Hey, 8th graders-Class of 2020! Have you spent the days of quarantining on walks in your neighborhood and discovered new places you didn’t know existed? Have you spent your days wishing you could travel and visit somewhere else? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this chug is for you! Over a series of four 1-hour sessions, you will learn how to properly lead a tour and develop your own tour either of your neighborhood or of another place you want to learn more about. Learn techniques related to public speaking, engaging participants, managing crowds, and crafting a narrative around geographical space. Taught by qualified tour guide, Tova Perlman.

Program Date(s):
Tuesdays at 1 PM - Starting July 7th for 4 weeks

Sourcing Sustainably and Composting

Making your everyday life more sustainable and earth-friendly! Whether it’s small things like buying eggs in recycled cardboard containers rather than styrofoam, using reusable shopping bags, or even just buying a sustainable toothbrush or floss, there are many things you can do in your everyday life to make the world a better place. We will even do a lesson on the how, why, and what of composting. Everyone from 5th grade-Class of 2020 is invited!

Program Date(s):
Tuesday July 7th, 3-4 PM

College Admission Case Studies: Be an Admissions Officer for a Day!

Join the President of One-Stop College Counseling and Certified Educational Planner, Laurie Kopp Weingarten, as she leads you through a mock admission committee in Part 2 of her series. Participants will review sample college applications, join a breakout “admissions committee,” and learn first-hand about the important factors that shape a student’s candidacy. This exercise will highlight the complexities of the admission process and the importance of creating a strong application and conclude with valuable insights into how to increase your chances of acceptance.

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 21, 1-2 PM

College Admissions 2020: The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown

Over the last few years, the college admission process has been changing rapidly. What’s recommended, required, or preferred seems to always vary, and now with COVID-19, colleges seem to be adjusting their policies almost daily! Join Certified Educational Planner and President of One-Stop College Counseling, Laurie Kopp Weingarten, as she walks you through the current state of college admissions and provides pointers on how to increase your chances of acceptance during this unprecedented time. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Program Date(s):
Tuesday, July 7, 1-2 PM