Surviving and Thriving Through Civic and Civil Engagement

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The Jewish Education Project
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As the 2020 U.S. elections draw to a close, these non-partisan resources will aid in discussion and programming for both educators and families. This collection stands on the shoulders of our Civic Responsibility 2020 selected resources and our Jewish Futures Conference 2017: For Which It Stands, whose recordings are also available on our website.

In a time that has seen increasing amounts of mistrust and unrest, we hope that these resources will help you create a safe and brave space to discuss the election and the feelings that may arise as we fully participate in our democratic process. 

Please let us know how you use any of our Civic Education and Engagement in Jewish Education resources and share any recommendations for additional materials with onlineresources@jewishedproject.org.

Helping Youth Process Civil Unrest and their Role

Helping Youth Process Civil Unrest and their Role

This lesson provides selected Jewish texts to help youth process responses to the current state of our nation.

Resources to Offer Comfort and Stability During  Election Week

Resources to Offer Comfort and Stability During Election Week

Hadar's Resources to remind us of our moral and spiritual obligations as humans and as Jews.

Self Care and Election Unrest

Self Care and the Election

This resource, adapted by BBYO's Center for Adolescent Wellness from the Jed Foundation provides helpful ways to navigate uncertainty around the 2020 election and tips to reduce feelings of stress, worry, and anxiety during this tense and uncertain time.

Young people voting at an election polling place

Responding to the 2020 US Presidential Election

A guide to discussing the 2020 election and helping students process their emotional responses.

10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism

10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism

This list by the ADL provides pathways for civic involvement on a local or national level.

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What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

This resource from the Child Mind Institute helps provide educators and families the tools to support a child experiencing anxiety.

Helping youth with trauma

Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

Traumatic events, such as a natural disaster, a pandemic, school violence, or the traumatic death of an educator/peer, impact students' learning, behavior, and relationships. This resource shares some reactions you may see and how you can help. It is important to keep in mind that not all students will feel and react the same way.

RESOURCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (AND FAMILIES)

Responding to the Election for Early Childhood

Responding to the Election for Early Childhood

Created for educators and families to help promote the well-being of young children in response to uncertainty.

Feeling Worried by Sesame Street

Feeling Worried by Sesame Street

A resource for young children on how you deal with the stress of feeling worried during a time of upheaval.

Videos to Help Parents and Kids Talk About Scary Situations

Helping Parents and Kids Talk About Scary Situations

PJ Library resources to help parents facilitate tough conversations.

5 Books to Read With Your Budding Activist

5 Books to Read With Your Budding Activist

These stories feature bold characters, historical figures, and inspiring personalities.

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