Tips for Addressing Privilege with Jewish Youth (and non-Jewish Youth!)

This resource, created for Ma’yan’s fall 2011 workshop, “Standing on Both Sides of the Gate: Reconciling Privilege and Jewish Identity,”* offers suggestions for educators and parents interested in helping young people to think about power and privilege.  While the tips draw on Ma’yan’s research and programs involving Jewish youth, they are just as relevant for work with non-Jewish youth.

Download “Tips for Addressing Privilege with Jewish Youth (and non-Jewish Youth!)” as a one-page PDF below.

*About “Standing on Both Sides of the Gate”:

In late 2009, Ma’yan initiated a year-long research study in a Jewish teen philanthropy program, in which suburban teens learned strategies for making grants to address needs in their community.  We were interested in discovering what Jewish teens might learn about social justice and about their role in addressing social issues through this type of program.  The results point to Jewish teens’ deep desire to engage in the world around them, but also illuminate particular challenges for Jewish educators working with this population on issues of inequality and injustice.

Many Jewish teens feel a deep emotional connection to the struggles of their grandparents, many of whom experienced significant poverty and discrimination — circumstances vastly different from those experienced by most contemporary Jewish teens in the U.S. Teens’ experiences with philanthropy, which raises issues of financial redistribution, community obligation, and power, provides a potential window into understanding how Jewish teens engage with concepts of inequality.

In the workshop, “Standing on Both Sides of the Gate”,  Ma’yan facillitated a discussion about the contemporary conundrum of balancing the scarcity and struggles of the past with the abundance of the present.