Teen Leadership Summit – Grades 10-12th

*NEW!* Teen Leadership Summit

Entering 10-12th Grades in 2020

Calling all teens interested in a short-term, immersive experience that will help you take your leadership skills to a new level! Can’t join us for the entire summer? Never been to Camp Newman before? Looking for a program to make friends before leaving for NFTY in Israel or beginning summer school? Our Teen Leadership Summit 2020 may be the right fit for you! Begin your summer with our NEW Teen Leadership Shabbat (Summit participants, Avodah, and CIT participants only on June 12!) and learn valuable skills to take with you throughout the week, ending your time with us with one last weekend of fun and Shabbat celebration.

Choose from one of our four amazing tracks in which you’ll learn advanced skills to use in all areas of your life, both Jewish and otherwise.

See more on the four tracks below!

Quick Facts


LOCATION: Cal Maritime, 200 Maritime Academy Dr., Vallejo, CA 94590 with Outdoor Adventure Day Program at Camp Newman’s Porter Creek home in Santa Rosa

GRADES: Entering 10th, 11th & 12th in Fall 2020

DATES: 1 session offered from June 12 – June 21

LENGTH: 1-1/2 weeks (10 days)

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Songleading Track

If you’re looking to up your songleading game, there’s no better way to do it than by joining us for our Songleading Track. You’ll brush up on the fundamentals but mostly focus on building your skills during your week of training. This track is geared towards teens who are already songleading or who have the fundamentals for songleading (either playing an instrument or not but feeling confident in front of groups to lead singing, teach music, get a group’s attention, etc.). Whether you’re songleading at your synagogue, tot Shabbat, or for youth group, this track will allow you to make an individualized plan to improve on the skills you help identify as growth areas.


RAC Track – Social Justice for the Modern Teen Leader

If you’re wondering how to take action on your love for justice and hopes for a better world, join us to learn from Lee Winkleman and other social justice leaders in the field. Though you’ll focus on social justice through a Jewish lens, this program is built to teach you transferable skills so that you can take what you learn out into the world, while understanding how to use your own passion and story as a driver for change. If you’ve dreamed of participating in protests or fighting for what’s right, come and learn more about how to be a teen social justice leader. No previous experience is necessary, simply a strong interest in social justice.


Peer-to-Peer Leadership Track

This track is built for you if you’re already a teen leader in NFTY, your temple youth group, BBYO, student government, scouts, sports, or any other group, or you’re interested in becoming one. Through a lens of successful peer-to-peer engagement models used in places like Hillels and Reform congregations, you’ll learn the fundamentals of what it means to be a fantastic leader of your peers. We’ll utilize cutting edge research and hear from speakers who are leaders in their field to increase our personal awareness of and increase our abilities to lead.


Yadayim v’Lev (Hands and Heart) – Building Track

If you’re looking to lead through creation with your hands and your heart, join us for a week of project planning and building. We will tackle 1-3 building projects, based on group consensus, that will live at our Newman by the Bay and Porter Creek sites. If you’ve always wanted to know how to build sets for school and help lead by creating the backdrop for events, this track will allow you to understand the fundamentals of basic carpentry and building. Join this group to leave your mark on camp in a short period of time while also participating in an amazing camp experience.

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