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Program Details:

The Peer Leadership Fellows program is a paid internship that trains and empowers teens to be communal connectors! Fellows learn how to build relationships, engage their peers in meaningful, identity-based conversation, and connect their social networks to the vast menu of opportunities available to teens in the Baltimore Jewish community and beyond.

Throughout the year, fellows will meet monthly, beginning with an immersive leadership training Shabbaton experience. Following the kickoff there will be monthly training seminars and individual check-ins. These workshops and experiences provide opportunities for real-world skill building in social network mapping, communication, community organizing, and peer-to-peer engagement following the nationally recognized Hillel campus curriculum. In addition, Fellows will receive training in teen mental health to enhance awareness and increase their ability to support their peers. Our Peer Leadership Fellows play a critical role in ensuring teens in the Baltimore feel connected to and safe in our Jewish community.

Program Stipend: Fellows receive a $250 stipend, which is an investment in their work as leaders in our community, and recognize this effort as a job with accountability, resume prestige, training, and deliverables. Fellows devote approximately eight hours per month to the program, with most of that time flexible to each Fellow’s schedule.

Program Dates: Sunday, September 2024-May 2025

Grades: 10th & 11th Grade

Paid Stipend: $250 for approximately 8hr/month

Applications: Applications for 2024-2025 programs closed on May 1

Peer Leadership Fellows Will:

  • Develop a proactive mindset to initiate community connections
  • Understand how to facilitate relationship first interactions
  • Attend an immersive weekend retreat with your peers to kickoff the program
  • Receive training in relational engagement, empathetic listening, inclusion awareness, and leadership skills during monthly workshops
  • Confidently engage in meaningful conversations with peers from their network
  • Participate and bring peers to two Baltimore Jewish community events
  • Connect with the PLF program coordinator during monthly check ins throughout the program
  • Reflect on their Jewish journey and current Jewish identity
  • Culminate the program with a Siyum, reception, to share their learnings with the community

Application & Selection Process: Peer Leadership Fellows is a competitive teen internship that accepts up to 20 teens from the Baltimore Jewish community. To be selected:

  • Applicants must submit their written application online by May 1st
  • Applicants must complete a 30-minute in-person consultation with the PLF Program Coordinator
  • Program acceptances will be announced the first week of June 2024.

For more information, please contact: Isabel Lunken at [email protected]