with local synagogues. NFTY678 also extends the camp experience, creating new ways for younger kids to connect with Jewish life year-round. Leadership training In conjunction with our partners at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), we provide ongoing, cutting-edge training opportunities for professionals working with youth to adapt to and address challenges in a constantly evolving landscape. In 2015, we expanded professional development opportunities on the local, regional, and North American level. More than 200 adults participated in a URJ- sponsored professional development opportunity, a 40% increase from 2014. Israel engagement Our suite of Israel programs extends the immersive camp and NFTY experiences for thousands of teens and young adults annually to ensure that every young person is building a powerful relationship with Israel. In 2015, we sent more than 2,000 teens and young adults to Israel through our summer and academic semester programs and through our partnership with Birthright Israel. And across our network of camps, hundreds of Israeli schlichim (trip leaders) share their love of Israel with campers and staff alike. 2015 marked the inaugural year of the Roswell Reform Fellowships for Jewish Peoplehood Leadership, an initiative to build and nurture skills to guide young Reform Jewish adults worldwide into leadership roles. The fellowships included three, week-long gatherings, one each in Israel, Europe, and the United States, as well as year- round support from the URJ and local mentors, webinars, and special projects. Participants learned from each other and became standard-bearers of social justice, innovation, and collaboration, enabling them to shape Reform communities in their own countries. The 2015 fellows already are designing promising changes for their camps, congregations, youth regions, and communities, and we look forward to seeing future fellows re-create this success. In the 2014–15 program year, we saw a 10%increase in the number of youth and teens we reach through our 60+ youth programs. We had more than 20,000 youth program participants in 2015. ENGAGING YOUTH WWW.URJ.ORG | 13