Helping Young Adults Lead the Way

As we continue to adapt to changes brought about by COVID-19, young adults are rethinking their career paths and more than ever looking for opportunities to engage, lead and make a difference.

Here are some exciting programs in Israel and online that may provide direction and can most certainly guarantee a life-changing experience.

Masa Israel Journeys

As Israel gears up to welcome back participants of organized community programs, Masa Israel is lining up a number of meaningful internship and study programs for young people next year.

Masa Israel is a global leader in providing international career development and internship experiences in Israel for young adults aged 18 to 30 years. Participants can choose from a wide variety of gap year, internship and volunteer programs in different industry sectors and locations that run between five to 10 months.

It’s a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience, build new friendships and be immersed in Israeli culture and society. Grants and scholarships are also available. Read more about Masa’s programs here.

On Sunday, June 21st, 2020, Masa will be hosting its fourth virtual fair about immersive experiences in Israel. Participants can join thousands of prospective Masa Fellows and talk with more than 70 Masa representatives during this 24-hour online forum.  You can register here.

For more information, contact Nathan Brown, Jewish Federation’s Masa representative.

Jewish Changemakers Fellowship 

If you know a young adult who is looking for a valuable leadership experience as well as a great summer, the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship might be just the program they’re looking for.

Presented by The Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with more than 25 leading Jewish organizations and local Federations, the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is an exciting three-week online leadership initiative for Jewish students and recent graduates aged 20 to 25 years. Designed to expose participants to a variety of leadership topics and ideas, it’s also an opportunity for them to act on their Jewish values and affect change in the world.

This year’s program takes place July 6 through July 24, 2020 and features three focus areas: professional development (career); service and advocacy (community); and global Jewish Community (world). Fellows earn credits for each online session that they complete; for volunteering; and for participating in their small group cohort. Each cohort meets regularly throughout the program to debrief, reinforce their learning and deepen their bonds of friendship and community.

Fellows who achieve the total credit goal and meet the overall program requirements—participation is approximately 15 hours/week—will earn a certificate of completion as well as a $500 stipend. To learn more and to apply, click here.

For more information about the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship, contact Anna Labadze, Jewish Federation’s manager of young adult initiatives.