What’s a J-fizzle?

Community, Featured, Videos, Youth & Family — By on January 31, 2012 9:14 am

Over the next few months, we will be presenting a series of snapshots of the experiences of our JCCSF Fellows, who are high school students participating in our GenSF leadership program, the JCCSF Teen Fellowship in Sports Leadership (JFiSL). I know: It’s a mouthful, right? That’s why they call it “J-Fizzle.” But what is JFiSL? Who are these JFiSLs? Keep tuning in: That’s what we’re here to download!

JFiSL began three years ago, as an opportunity for aged-out JCC Maccabi Games athletes to continue their experience at the JCCSF. Remember when we hosted the 2009 JCC Maccabi Games? Well, a whole lot of 17 year-olds were pretty disappointed that they couldn’t compete! So what did we do? We asked them if they wanted to be coaches. Turns out the experience proved for many of them to be not only meaningful, but transformational! JFiSL was born.

Now in its third year, the JFiSL program annually empowers high school students to learn leadership skills over the course of an academic year, through assistant coaching in our youth sports program. Not only that, but JFiSLs learn to connect their experience as coaches to community service and Judaism, through action projects and monthly trainings. We have 10 incredible JFiSLs this year based in San Francisco, and for the first time ever, we have JFiSLs also based at two other JCCs: the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, and the Harrisburg JCC in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Want to meet them? Check out this video to hear their stories as they wrapped up their kickoff training and retreat in December. And check back next month to hear about their experiences in coaching!

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