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StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council

In key cities around the USA and Canada, StandWithUs has set up Teen Leadership Councils (TLCs) for high school students who wish to get involved in Israel-related activities and make a difference in their communities.

StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council participants will have the opportunity to further their Israel knowledge, plan innovative Israel programs with their peers, and play a vital role in ensuring that teens in their community are connected to Israel. Student participants will engage in a four-month long program which includes: individual and group learning about Israel, mentorship in leadership skills and community building, access to StandWithUs speakers and materials, and an opportunity to connect with other teens in the region with similar goals and aspirations.

Student requirements include:

  1. Attending a total of 4 mandatory meetings once a month from Sept-Dec and or Jan-April with StandWithUs staff and other members on the Teen Leadership Council (via google hangout) where we will be discussing topics such as current events, Israeli history, Anti-Semitism, and Israel life on campus.
  2. Attending bi-monthly one-on-one meetings with their StandWithUs High School Coordinator.
  3. Collaborating with other members on the Teen Leadership Council to plan and execute a region-wide teen event focusing on Israel education.
  4. Planning a minimum of one Israel event in their community (we can help them with this).
  5. Staying in regular contact with their StandWithUs High School Coordinator and Teen Leadership Council members.
  6. Participating in the Teen Leadership Council WhatsApp group.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive an official certificate from StandWithUs recognizing their achievements and contributions to the Teen Leadership Council. Participants will have priority when applying the following year for the StandWithUs High School Internship program (if they are in grades 10 or 11) or will be prepared to comfortably take the reins of leadership for Israel the moment they start college (if they are in grade 12) and will be put in contact with their regional StandWithUs Campus Coordinator to continue to receive support from StandWithUs throughout their college career and beyond. For more information, please e mail [email protected].

If you would like to find out when to apply for the Teen Leadership Council program in your region, please email [email protected].

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Teaching high school students about Israel before they get to college is a vital step to ensure that our students are properly equipped to combat the growing anti-Israel sentiment that they may face on their future college campuses.

If you'd like us to come and speak at one of your local high schools or teen communities, please contact us at: [email protected] and we'll gladly connect you with someone who can speak in your community!

If you would like to be a partner in growing our numbers of programs and presentations for high school students around the country, please contact Gary Ratner at: [email protected], or call us at 212-514-9200 ext. 3.

In order to apply for a TLC or for more information, please email: [email protected]. with the following information in your email:

  1. Your name
  2. Your age
  3. Your grade
  4. Where you go to school
  5. What city you live in
We'll then be able to connect you with the StandWithUs High School staff in your region.

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Eligibility to Apply for the StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council:
  • Must be a high school student
  • Must have already demonstrated your passion and leadership for Israel
  • Must be articulate and respected by your peers
StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council Requirements:
  • Attending a total of 4 mandatory meetings once a month from Sept-Dec and or Jan-April with StandWithUs staff and other members on the Teen Leadership Council (via google hangout) where we will be discussing topics such as current events, Israeli history, Anti-Semitism, and Israel life on campus.
  • Attending bi-monthly one-on-one meetings with their StandWithUs High School Coordinator.
  • Collaborating with other members on the Teen Leadership Council to plan and execute a region-wide teen event focusing on Israel education.
  • Planning a minimum of one Israel event in their community (we can help them with this).
  • Staying in regular contact with their StandWithUs High School Coordinator and Teen Leadership Council members.
  • Participating in the Teen Leadership Council WhatsApp group.

Current Teen Leadership Council Members:
On this page, you will find all the information you need to plan, implement, and report about your events. Before Your Event Begins Please contact your high school program coordinator to discuss the content of the program.

CONTENT: Does your high school program coordinator need to book a flight to come and make a presentation? Are you making the presentation? What will the program look like? What is your timeline to prepare for the event? These are all questions you should discuss with you high school program coordinator before the program date.

MONEY: If you need funding for your program, please speak with your high school program coordinator about submitting a grant request. We cannot retroactively approve grant requests, so make sure you have approval before you buy materials. Please also look into finding outside sources of funding (such as your synagogue, local federation, or JCC). Your high school program coordinator can help you explore this possibility.

MATERIALS: If you need StandWithUs booklets or swag for your program, please give us AT LEAST two weeks’ notice so that we can ship you materials without having to rush the order. Any shipments with less than two weeks’ notice may result in our charging the institution hosting the program for expedited shipping.

MARKETING: Create a flyer or a Facebook event. Get the word out there. Always send your high school program coordinator the link to your Facebook event or the flyer. During Your Program INTRODUCE YOURSELF: Always introduce yourself at the beginning of any event you plan as a StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council Member.

PHOTOS: Please take AT LEAST four good pictures of the program. Action shots are great. Tell the story of what is happening at the event. We do not need photos of StandWithUs materials on tables. Don't be afraid to stage a photo if necessary. If your event is during Shabbat and you cannot take pictures, please let your high school program coordinator know in advance so that we know not to expect photos from you.

SIGN-IN SHEETS: It is useful to have sign-in sheets to keep track of who attended your event so that you can report about numbers and can invite past attendees to future events. After Your Program REPORTING: You have one week to fill out a program report to evaluate your program. Please note, if we do not receive a program report from you, we cannot reimburse you for any funding for the program.

PICTURES: Please send at least four GOOD photos to your high school program coordinator. Please note, if we do not receive photos from you, we cannot reimburse you for any program funding.

INVOICES: If you need money for the program, you must find an outside organization to front the money, and StandWithUs will reimburse it pending receipt of your photos, pictures, and flyer from the event. We will need an invoice from the organization that fronted the money. Please note, we cannot reimburse individuals.

If you have any questions, contact your high school program coordinators. They would love to help you!

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