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Monday, March 19 • 9:00am - 10:30am
iGen: Understanding the Influences Shaping a Generation

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Based on survey data from 11 million teens and young adults, Jean M. Twenge,  Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and author of the new book iGen, as well as 140 scientific publications, will discuss the cultural changes shaping today’s young generation. She documents how their changed world has impacted their attitudes, worldviews, and mental health and the role camp plays in their lives. With generational divides wider than ever, camp professionals, parents, educators and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born after 1995, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person – perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Twenge’s research will help shape recommendations and advice on counseling and leading this generation.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Chase

Noah Chase

Songleader, Musician
Noah Solomon Chase is a versatile Songwriter and multi instrumentalist. He sings and plays Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and Percussion.Originally from Northern California Noah and his parents who are both musicians moved to Israel where he was raised on a small moshav. In the mid 90's... Read More →
avatar for Julie Finklestein

Julie Finklestein

Director of Leadership Development, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Julie Finkelstein is the Director of Leadership Development at the Foundation for Jewish Camp where she works on programs that support Jewish camps and their leaders across North America. Prior to joining the FJC team, she was the Associate Director of Slingshot, where she managed... Read More →
avatar for Archie Gottesman

Archie Gottesman

Founder, JewBelong.com
A wise rabbi once said: “Judaism is a great product, but the marketing sucks.” As a Jew and a branding professional, Archie is in full agreement. Archie believes that warm, meaningful Jewish rituals will keep people connected to their Jewish roots. This includes people who have... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Harris

Bobby Harris

Director, URJ Camp Coleman
Married to Ellen and the proud father of Max and Sophie Harris, the summer of 2018 will mark the 32nd summer that Bobby Harris has served as a Camp Director for the Jewish community in New York, Philadelphia- and the last 25 with URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, GA. As a camp professional... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Musician, Performer and Educator, Jewish Women Rock
Naomi Less is a Brooklyn-based, internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator and radio host of Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock". Naomi serves as Associate Director and one of the Founding Ritual Leaders of Lab/Shul. Naomi is also the director... Read More →
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Tom Rosenberg

President/Chief Executive Officer, American Camp Association
Tom Rosenberg has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North... Read More →
avatar for Jean M. Twenge

Jean M. Twenge

Author and Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and author of the new book iGen as well as 140 scientific publications, will discuss the cultural changes shaping today’s young generation. She documents how their changed world has impacted their attitudes, worldviews... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Weisler

Valerie Weisler

Foundation & CEO, The Validation Project
A victim of bullying herself, Valerie Weisler couldn't stand idly by when she saw another student suffering. She said two words that changed both of their lives, “You matter.” His response, that her words validated him, planted the seeds for The Validation Project. Using her experiences... Read More →
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Carey White

Director of Middle School Music and Chorus, The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
Carey White is Director of Middle School Music and Chorus at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. Previously, she worked as a violin teacher and music educator at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ. She is the artistic director of violin performance groups... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

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