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Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship

18 month professional development program for JCC professionals who work with teens

For JCC professionals who work with and/or supervise teens

The Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship is based on the idea that the key to creating a vibrant future is connecting our teens to meaningful Jewish experiences today.

This 16- to 18-month fellowship provides an intensive, transformative professional development program to JCC professionals who are early in their career and wish to dig deeper into their professional journey. It supports their growth within the JCC Movement, their work with teens, and their advancement as a Jewish communal professional. There are four core areas of focus for the cohort:

  • Jewish literacy
  • understanding adolescence
  • networking
  • leadership development

The program includes several in-person seminars, including one that takes place in Israel.

Since 1999, more than 125 Merrin Fellows have completed this professional development program, and hundreds of thousands of teens have been influenced by their important work.


Joy Brand-Richardson

Joy Brand-Richardson is a vice president and the director of training and professional development at JCC Association of North America. A longtime employee of JCC Association, Brand-Richardson has developed and directed leadership cohorts and programming for thousands of JCC employees over the last 25 years. Before joining JCC Association, she worked at three different JCCs. Brand-Richardson holds a master’s degree in education and has additional training in coaching, staff development, and customer service. She is a proud recipient of the JCC Association Graduate Scholarship, member of the SRE Network inaugural advisory board, and an advisor for JPRO’s WellAdvised program. Although not a Red Sox fan herself, she does have a dog named Fenway and another named Journey; as a family they love to hike and swim.

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