Yes! We are excited to welcome high school students to the 2017 Biennial. The Teen Experience at the Biennial is appropriate for congregational teen leaders (temple youth group board members and others), NFTY regional board members, and aspiring leaders. Teens are invited to attend for the full Biennial experience, the Leadership Experience (Wednesday - Friday) or the Shabbat Experience (Friday - Sunday).
The Teen Experience at the Biennial is being created in partnership with teen attendees from the past Biennials, ensuring that it directly reflects the wants and needs of our teen participants. All teen attendees will be assigned a URJ Youth Mentor onsite to check-in throughout each day and help process the experience. This mentorship will begin in advance of the Biennial through an introductory virtual meeting.
Throughout the course of the Biennial, teens will have the opportunity to create their own schedule. Each day will contain special teen-only events and experiences, in addition to the full menu of Biennial learning sessions, plenaries, and receptions. Teens will be invited to invite-only receptions and meetings, will have the opportunity to network with their peers and congregational leaders alike, and will be given the option to attend two different offsite experiences, which they will register for when they complete their Biennial registration.
Our two offsite experiences will include an opportunity to visit local Boston colleges on Friday morning and a social event in downtown Boston on Saturday afternoon. More details can be found in Biennial registration.
While teens will be connected with mentors for processing and check-ins, note that they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own meals throughout the course of the event. We will facilitate connections with other teens for those mealtime experiences, but the URJ will not be providing meals beyond those included with regular Biennial registration. Our excellent location in downtown Boston has a plethora of restaurants and meal options available within a 5-10 minute walk. More details will be shared with those who register as the event grows closer.
Teens will have the opportunity to opt-in to the Teen Experience Housing Block during Biennial registration. In doing so, they will be supervised in the evenings and will be paired with other teen attendees in quad-rooms.
For teens attending the Biennial with their families, an option will be available to stay outside of the Teen Experience Housing Block. Please note that the URJ will not provide supervision in the evenings for these teens. Evening supervision is available only for those teens who stay in the Teen Experience Housing Block.
While we are offering specific teen experiences throughout the Biennial, there is no official teen track at the event. This is a multi-generational convention and those who attend are expected to adhere to standards of appropriate, legal, ethical behavior.
We will offer supervision at specific events and within specific structures of the Teen Experience. For example, anyone in the Teen Experience Housing Block must agree to evening supervision including a curfew. By signing up for NFTY’s room block, teens and their families agree to adhere to our Brit Kehillah and supervision standards. We will also offer supervision on the Teen Offsite Experiences.
All teens engaged in the Teen Experience will be assigned a mentor, a URJ staff person who will help to guide them through the Biennial experience. These mentors will check in with teens regularly throughout each day via text, phone call, and periodic in-person check-ins, but will not physically be with them throughout much of the event.
NFTY Hotel Room Block
Wednesday - Sunday
Wednesday - Friday
Friday - Sunday
*Teen Offsite Experiences will be offered at an extra cost. More details can be found in Biennial registration.