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AJFCA is thrilled to once again present two different opportunities to elevate the role and impact of volunteering at our member agencies and increase the engagement of young adults (people in their 20s & 30s) in our network.

Both groups will have the opportunity to attend
interactive sessions from the Volunteer/Young Adult Engagement track featuring speakers from member agencies as well as experts from Repair the World. Current workshops include a panel on the different ways member agencies are engaging Millennial volunteers, a workshop on a tool kit to engage family volunteers, and a session entitled, "From the Top Down: Embracing Volunteer Engagement as an Organization-Wide Strategy".

This is our fourth year offering select agencies the opportunity to attend our annual conference at a subsidized rate, thanks to a generous grant from Repair the World.  In the fall of 2015 our current funding from Repair, which has been instrumental in building our capacity to elevate the role of volunteerism in our network, will come to a close.  AJFCA is committed to the Volunteer Initiative in our network and is poised to continue providing quality content & support related to Volunteer Engagement.  We intend to continue volunteer-related programming at our conference, and will continue to connect with Repair for information and resources at the conference and throughout the year.

Professionals are invited to apply to 
one or both of the following, but will only be able to participate in one.  Professionals who are part of the Ambassador program will have many opportunities to participate in programming alongside the Volunteer Professional Cohort.
2015 Volunteer Professional Cohort

While there will be considerable focus on engaging young adults, this cohort will provide broad professional development & network building opportunities for those who work with volunteers of all ages. Leading up to and following the conference, the cohort will receive ongoing support from the AJFCA Director of Volunteer Strategy & Repair the World Programming. Members of the 2015 conference volunteer professional cohort will receive $300 off conference registration. 

  • Applicant should be the primary manager of volunteers at their AJFCA member agency
  • Applicant should be able to attend the AJFCA conference in full (approx. 7 pm May 2 - noon May 5. Accommodations may be made for those who observe Shabbat; speak to Jennie if this is a concern)
  • Members of previous professional cohorts are not eligible for subsidized registration, but are encouraged to attend if able to secure their own funding
  • Application must be submitted by 5 pm EST on Tuesday, February 10th 

2015 Young Adult Ambassador program

This program is a year-long commitment supporting your effort to better engage young adult volunteers (in their 20s and 30s) in your agency, some of whom may go on to become donors and board members, thereby increasing the sustainability of your organization.


As part of the application process, you must select two young adult volunteers currently on your agency's radar to participate in the creation of a project to recruit their peers to volunteer with your agency.  This team of two volunteers and you, their professional counterpart, will be given coaching and materials to support you in your project, are to attend the AJFCA Annual Conference May 3-5 in Miami, and may receive the opportunity for an on-site visit from our Director of Volunteer Strategy & Repair the World Programming.  If accepted as an Ambassador community, all three participants will receive free registration and 3 nights hotel accommodation (double occupancy) for the 2015 Annual Conference.

  • The 1 Professional Applicant should be from an AJFCA member agency in good standing
  • The 2 Volunteer Applicants should be between the ages of 21 and 39
  • All 3 applicants must be able to attend the 2014 AJFCA conference in full (approx. 7 pm May 2 - noon May 5. Accommodations may be made for those who observe Shabbat; speak to Jennie if this is a concern)
  • Please read this entire PDF document before applying for the program
  • Application must be submitted by 5 pm EST on Tuesday, February 17th
Click here to apply for the 2015 Young Adult Ambassador Program

If you are having trouble figuring out which program is the right fit or have any other questions, please be in touch with Jennie Gates Beckman directly to talk through your options.

You will be sent a confirmation email
to verify your application has been received. If you do not receive this email please assume your application is not complete.  

There are limited slots in each program. AJFCA will review all submissions and respond to each applicant no later than February 23rd.  
Professionals who apply but are not accepted are welcome to join us in Miami and participate in Volunteer/Young Adult Engagement track sessions which are open to all conference-goers, provided they are able to secure their own funding.