Written by: Mikey Pliskin, NFTY-PAR PVP
During NFTY-PAR’s Summer Leadership Kallah, the PAR Board ran workshops for PARticipants. These workshops consisted of what we, the PAR Board, felt were important skills to have when in a leadership role. They ranged from learning about the effects of social media to learning how to fundraise and create merchandise to learning about SWOT analysis and how to asses a TYG.
My workshop was about participation in programming. I believe that the best leaders are also the best participants, because they actively engage and are able to lead a great discussion. In my workshop, participants learned what type of learner they are (i.e. visual, auditory, or kinesthetic) by taking a mini quiz after learning about dogs in those 3 ways. It was incredible to see them find the connection between the silly activities we were doing and the point of the program. At the end, I had participants create “The 10 Commandments of PARticipation”. This is what they came up with…
- Be responsible for knowing what to do
- Have an appropriate attitude
- Be open-minded to situations you’re in
- Find ways to have fun with it
- Be respectful of other people’s opinions
- Adapt yourself and your learning style
- Express your thoughts
- Ask questions
- Smile and be positive
I thoroughly loved running my workshop because I got to see everyone have fun and come together in the end to create these wonderful standards that I hope they will follow. Programs can only be successful if there are people willing to participate to the best of their abilities. After running this workshop I feel even more confident that NFTY-PAR has the best PARticipants who follow all 10 Commandments of PARticipation!