J. W. B. Maps Plan to Deal with Problems of Jewish Teen-agers

An intensive, long-range program which will attempt to deal with the problems of Jewish teen-agers by creative planning was launched here by the Youth Committee of the National Jewish Welfare Board. The first step in this undertaking was a JWB-sponsored all-day consultation on “What Troubles Teen-Agers” at which Jewish Community Center executives and program directors from 35 Eastern seaboard communities who are grappling with this problem analyzed adolescent needs and troubles and what youth leaders can do to deal with them.

JWB’s new teen-age problem calls for a special study to clarify the current needs and interests of Jewish adolescents as a guide to the formulation of Center teen-age activities and services more in conformity with the problems and needs of adolescents today and an analysis of present Center teen-age programs.

At the consultation session the participants exchanged facts and experiences which indicated some of the reasons for the current widespread anxiety about teen-agers. In the Jewish Community Center field the problem is manifested by changes in the types of groups and programs in which teen-agers are interested, teen-age behavior problems, growing difficulties with high school fraternities and sororities, a general apathy by young people toward Jewish and general cultural experiences.

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