Welcome to the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative’s (LAJTI) University Access!
Teen Experiential Jewish Educators: University Access offers you opportunities for highly-subsidized university courses to help build your skills to most effectively work with teenagers. All of the courses offered through University Access address core skills a Jewish Teen Educator needs to succeed, ranging in content from Education, Adolescent Development, Jewish Knowledge, Management, Marketing, and Design Thinking/Strategic Planning.
Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative's University Access, provided by BJE: Builders of Jewish Education is a feature program of the Janet and Jake Farber Teen Experiential Educator Network. The LAJTI is co-funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation, and supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.
How to Participate
Below is a menu of approved courses, grouped by institutional provider. All pre-approved courses offered through University Access are subsidized 75% of tuition. Once you have perused and identified the course you would like to take, complete the Course Subsidy Approval Form and submit it to David Lewis, BJE Director and Head Consultant, Jewish Education Services, at Dlewis@bjela.org. Questions? Call David Lewis at 323-761-8618 or email him at Dlewis@bjela.org.
Want to receive an additional $100 subsidy for your class?
If your employer agrees to put $50 toward your class, University will match it! How do you get this extra subsidy? Click on the Course Subsidy Approval Form link below, and on the bottom are instructions.
NEW SPECIAL COURSES CREATED BY UNIVERSITY ACCESS & GRATZ COLLEGE
Based on feedback from LA Jewish Teen Experiential Educators, you want a course option that is online, 4-6 sessions, which discuss concrete topics specific to the needs of your work. We are proud to announce three online courses offered through Gratz College's NEXT program. Classes begin in the Fall, are 4-6 weeks long and asynchronous. The cost of each class through University Access...$25!!! Find out more about three courses offered by Gratz below, and enjoy learning in these concentrated practice-focused workshops.
The course begins the week of February 27, 2017. All sessions are asynchronous. Go to NEXT@gratz.edu or call Rabbi Erin Hirsch at (215) 635-7300 ext. 135 for additional information.
Jews and Politics — How Can We Best Engage Our Teens? (8th – 12th grades)
Instructor: Mikah Berg, MA in Government with an emphasis on Political Communication; former Program Manager for Panim el Panim, a Jewish Service-learning program for teens.
In this course, we will discuss exactly what we are always told not discuss to at parties and family gatherings — religion and politics! No matter which candidate our teens supported in our recent election and regardless of where we teachers fall on the American political spectrum, we know that our teens are trying to understand what is happening in our society. This course will explore how to create and sustain a Jewish context in which to explore and respond to those feelings and questions. We will delve into civics education, how to engage teens locally and nationally, what it means to be an Upstander, and how to move forward in the current political climate — all with a Jewish spin, of course!
California State University Northridge (CSUN)
CSUN offers many options to continue your learning through their "Open University" program housed in Tseng College. CSUN is located at 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330 All CSUN courses begin the week of January 23rd, 2017 and conclude during the week of May 12th, 2017.
JS 151: Natural Environment & Judaism
This unique 'hands-on' course is taught by expert experiential educator Micah Goldman and Prof. Kassandra Wilsey. This course is offered in conjunction with AJU. This course meets initially on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2017, from 8:45-9:30 PM. Future dates and time TBD between instructor and enrolled participants.
CADV 150: Foundations in Child & Adolescent Development (online option available)
This course meets either on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45 PM; or on Mondays from 12:30-1:45 PM. Both sections begin the week of January 23rd and conclude the week of May 12th. An online option is available.
JS 200: Intro to Judaism (online option only)
BUS 104: Intro to Business (Online Option)
There are 3 Sections of this class available:
JS 210: The Jewish People
This course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45 PM.
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
UCLA offers many options to continue your learning through their Extension Program (UCEX). Courses are offered at the UCLA Westwood campus, as well as courses Downtown, at El Camino College in Torrance, the Port of Los Angeles, and other locations.
Winter quarter 2017 registration for UCEX is currently open. Winter Classes begin the week of January 9th, and end the week of March 30th. Please look at each individual course for specific start dates for classes, location, and duration of course, as all of these factors can vary over the Winter quarter. Enrollment deadline for Winter quarter courses is 5 business days prior to the start date of the course you select.
PSYCH XL 130 - Developmental Psychology
This course meets on the main UCLA Campus at 3178 Bunche Hall on Thursdays from 7:00-10:00 PM.
MGMNT X 443.4 – Leadership and Human Element in Project Management - ONLINE
This course is offered Winter 2017 and is offered online only.
MGMNTX 490.996 – Leadership Communication Strategies
This course is offered Winter 2017. This course meets on the UCLA main campus at the Gayley Center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 PM.
ART X 481.55 – Design Thinking 1
Class topics include prototyping and testing, rapid iteration, radical collaboration, empathetic observation, interviewing for empathy, persona mapping, assuming a beginner's mindset, introduction of complex problems, and testing and observation. Weekly assignments encourage you to learn by doing, and take you through a series of hands-on exercises. The goal of design thinking is not simply to innovate, but to create innovators. By the end of the class, you will see solutions that would otherwise be invisible, which become what we call "innovation." Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
This course is offered Winter 2017. This course meets at 1010 Westwood Center on Wednesdays from 7:00-10:00 PM.
Pierce College (Online Only)
Pierce College offers many online courses to continue your learning through their Pierce Extension Program. Each course is a compact six-week experience. All of the six-week online courses below have three different start dates during the semester.
Courses begin the week of January 18, February 15, and March 15.
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II
Achieving Success with Difficult People
Mastering Public Speaking
Marketing Your Nonprofit
This course will show you how to use powerful marketing techniques to compete more effectively for customers, donors, members, and volunteers. You'll also learn how to persuade the media to communicate your organization's message and further its ideals and goals. Instructor Linda Kissam draws on her extensive nonprofit experience to share effective, practical, and easy-to-implement strategies that you can put to immediate use. Before you know it, you'll be ready to improve your market share by learning to evaluate and implement effective promotions, advertising campaigns, and communication techniques. If your organization relies on a diverse mix of fees, events, and/or contributions for support, you're sure to find this information-packed course indispensable.
Project Management Fundamentals
In this six-week course, an experienced Project Management Professional will help you master the essentials of project management. You'll become an indispensable member of your project team by discovering and mastering the critical concepts you need to plan, implement, control and close any type of project. You'll learn about project politics and ethics, project measurements, and project closure. You'll be able to develop all sections of a project plan, you'll become comfortable with the project management body of knowledge, and you'll develop a variety of powerful techniques to generate project ideas.
If you're new to project management, this course will provide you with the essential information you'll need to prepare for and complete your first project. If you're an experienced project manager, this course will make you more valuable to your employer by increasing your skills and competencies.
Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative's University Access, provided by BJE: Builders of Jewish Education, is a feature of the Janet and Jake Farber Teen Experiential Educator Network. The LAJTI is co-funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation, with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.