Mara Yacobi, MSW, LSW
Youth Development Specialist
Mara Yacobi is a leading public speaker and workshop presenter on the subject of adolescent sexuality and relationships, and how these subjects relate to Jewish values. Drawing on her skills as a Social Worker and Prevention Educator, Mara’s mission is to empower young people with knowledge and skills critical for maintaining one’s health and developing positive relationships with peers. At a time when teen sexuality and risk-taking behavior are on the rise and are of national concern, her work is significant.
As a Licensed Social Worker, Mara has more than a decade of experience in the fields of mental health, sexuality, prevention education, and research. As a dynamic speaker and educator, Mara has led workshops and presented motivational speeches for thousands of students in middle schools, high schools, colleges, camps, youth groups, and agencies. Her insights, experience and natural warmth help her to understand the unique needs of her participants.
Mara is a member of the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) and AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists). In 2002, she was selected to represent New Jersey at the National Young Women’s Health Summit for the US Department of Health and Human Services. In 2011, the Jewish Week named Mara Yacobi one of “36 under 36” Jewish professionals reshaping education. Mara graduated with a Masters in Social Work from New York University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Simmons College where she received her BA in Sociology and Health.
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Mara’s has a profound awareness of her Jewish identity. Growing up in Connecticut, she attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Hartford. Throughout her childhood, she spent summers visiting Israel and attending Camp Young Judaea. Mara now lives with her husband and children in Bergen County, New Jersey.