By Sophie Bloch, Director of Hillels of Memphis
To no one’s surprise, many young adults have had to change their plans this summer because of the Coronavirus. Lots of programs are cancelled and jobs are hard to find, leaving countless young adults feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Meanwhile, they still want – and need – to build their resumes, meet new people, strengthen leadership skills, and tackle real issues in the world today.
Luckily there is now a unique Jewish experience to meet these needs – and earn $500 while doing so.
Together with The Jewish Federations of North America, Memphis Jewish Federation and Hillels of Memphis are offering a great opportunity this summer for Jewish students and recent graduates. The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is a 3-week online leadership experience, July 6 – 24, built for career development, networking and making a difference in the community.
For approximately 15 hours per week, Fellows will earn credits for each online session completed, for volunteering and for connecting with their small group cohort and coach. Each cohort will also develop their own project to address a local challenge caused by the global health pandemic.
Sessions will be offered in-real-time and recorded to allow for maximum flexibility and to accommodate busy schedules. Facilitators will be awesome and inspiring leaders who have experience working with young adults. The Fellowship will have some big speakers to reinforce and model changemaking leadership.
Changemakers will help young adults succeed in a competitive job market while also connecting them to the Jewish community. Our goal is to inspire young adults to bring their talent to the community long-term as our future leaders. Fellows who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend, plus a certificate of completion for their resume.
It has been an overwhelming few months as we navigate our ever-changing world. While there have certainly been moments of hopelessness, despair, and heartbreak over plans changed and milestones missed, this is finally a new, innovative, and empowering opportunity we can ALL get excited about!