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Developing Minds: Strengthening Mental Health Capacity in Greater Boston

Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis

One in three young adults and one in two adolescents is struggling with a mental health disorder. Fortunately, Jewish professionals are uniquely positioned to be a part of the solution by creating environments where young people can have their mental health needs supported as they engage in Jewish community. 

Developing Minds is a unique and transformative program bringing together professionals from youth-serving organizations across Boston to work towards a shared objective: building their organizational mental health capacity. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with peers, learn from one another, and tap into the collective wisdom of organizations facing similar challenges.

The five-month program enables organizations to: 

  • Recognize the impact and prevalence of mental illness and understand how organizations can leverage Jewish wisdom and community to help young people build resilience and thrive
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness in youth
  • Integrate knowledge about mental health and wellness into organizational policies, procedures, and practices to support increased inclusion
  • Actively cultivate mental health and wellness within the communities they serve

Trainings for All Staff

Developing Minds supports both organizational leaders and youth-serving professionals, with trainings open to all staff of the participating organization and additional coaching sessions provided for organizational leadership.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health through Experiential Education

Well-being for Professionals

Coaching for Organization Leaders (2-4 Per Organization)

In addition to the trainings above, organizational leaders from organizations participating in Developing Minds will:

  • Attend an opening summit
  • Go through an organizational assessment
  • Receive 4 coaching sessions

Important Dates

Some of the below sessions will be in-person, while others will take place virtually. Scroll below to the event registration section to click on individual events for more information.

Cohort 1 (Fall 2023)

  • Opening Summit: Oct. 26, 9:00AM-3:00PM
  • Mental, Emotional, and Social Health Through Experiential Education: Dec. 20, 9:00AM-3:00PM
  • Mental Health First Aid: Jan. 9 and 11, 6:30PM-9:30PM
  • Well-being for Professionals: Jan. 17, 1:00PM-2:30PM AND Jan. 25 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Closing Summit: Feb. 13, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Cohort 2 (Spring 2024)

  • Opening Summit: Feb. 15
  • Mental Health First Aid: Mar. 12 and 14, 6:30PM-9:30PM
  • Mental Health First Aid (Option 2): May 2 and 8, 9:30AM-12:30PM
  • Mental, Emotional, and Social Health Through Experiential Education: Apr. 16, 9:00AM-3:00PM
  • Well-being for Professionals: May 15, 1:00PM-2:30PM and May 23, 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Closing Summit: Jun. 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM

How to Apply

For more information or to apply for an upcoming cohort, please email Ali Shwartz.

Frequently Asked Questions

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