J. W. B. Launches Intensive Study of Teenagers in Jewish Centers

An intensive study of programming in Jewish Community Centers for teenagers between 15 and 17 expected to yield data of value to Centers and all other agencies concerned with teenage behavior, social needs and programming services has been launched by the National Jewish Welfare Board, it was announced here today.

The new programming study is under the general supervision of the Jewish Community Center’s Youth Services Committee, headed by Mrs. Florence G. Heller, Chicago. A grant of $10, 000 from the Florence G. Heller Foundation is making the program possible.

The study will concentrate on current problems and experiences of Centers in teen programming with particular reference to leadership, programming and the internal organization of teenage groups. Aim of the study is to produce an analysis of the essential elements involved in these aspects of teenage programming and to develop findings and recommendations that will enable Centers to do a more effective job of serving teenagers.

The study will be made with teenage groups in four Centers affiliated with JWB, the national association of 353 Jewish Community Centers and YM-YWHA’s. They are the 92nd St. YM-YWHA, the Springfield, Mass., Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Centers of Essex County, N. J., and the Mt. Vernon, N, Y., YM and YWHA. It is expected that the study report will be published in the early fall of 1960.

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