The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has teamed up with Plywood People again to offer a Jewish cohort for a six-week online course for innovators. The course, Path by Plywood, is an interactive class designed to help problem solvers decide which direction to take their ideas.
It is powered by Plywood People, an Atlanta-based nonprofit with more than 10 years’ experience working with organizations and startups doing good, according to a press release on the course. Plywood People offers insight on the who, why and how of the organization, and also introduces course participants to a support community.
As part of the Federation’s ongoing collaboration with Plywood People, the two organizations have created a special track for the Jewish community. For this cohort, weekly video calls will be led by a Plywood People facilitator and a Jewish community leader. In addition to instruction from 24 leading social entrepreneurs, this version of the online course will also feature lessons from Jewish movers and shakers.
“We believe in Plywood People’s proven Path curriculum and wanted to make it available to more members of the Jewish community,” said Jori Mendel, vice president of Federation Innovation. “By adding a Jewish spin and including Jewish leaders as facilitators, we hope it will be even more beneficial to the dreamers and leaders in our community.”
The Jewish cohort will receive weekly e-books from Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Plywood People, video content, written articles and reflective challenges, and they will participate in group meetups. They will answer thoughtful questions, give and receive feedback from peers, and join weekly video calls.
The dates for the Path Jewish cohort are Jan. 16, 23, and 30 and Feb. 6, 13, and 20, with weekly video meetups on Thursday nights. The cohort is available to Jewish community members for a discounted rate of $75 (regularly $249).
The course coincides with Federation’s Request for Proposals application period for its third annual Propel Grants, which nurture and support organizations that are reimagining Jewish life in Atlanta.
“We hope that by offering Path by Plywood at the same time as the open RFP, we are providing Jewish innovators and leaders with more time and resources to develop their ideas as they prepare their Propel applications,” Mendel said.
Those with big ideas to transform Jewish life in Atlanta are encouraged to apply for a Propel Grant from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, with available awards up to $40,000.
For more information about the grant, apply to jewishatlanta.org/impact/innovation/propel-grants/ beginning Jan. 22. Registration for Path by Plywood closes Jan. 15. To join, please visit jewishatlanta.org/path-by-plywood/.