Shared experiences that build life-long connections
The bonds made through the Diller Teen Fellows can last a lifetime. Just as the life of each participant is transformed, they in turn leave an indelible mark on the program. We keep these alumni ties strong by fostering:
- A welcoming, international network of active leaders committed to the Jewish People and Israel.
- Opportunities for alumni to continue to deepen their individual Jewish identities.
- Support for alumni to engage in leadership roles on college campuses and in their communities.
Alumni Task Force
The North-American Alumni Task Force invites 12 alumni from communities across North America to conceptualize and implement Diller Teen Fellows alumni programming. Task Force members receive ongoing leadership training, affording them opportunities to undertake active leadership roles nationally and in their local communities.
- Collaborating with staff to articulate program goals and tactics.
- Developing alumni opportunities in their communities
- Creating programs that reflect alumni interests and needs.
- Leading participants to impact their local communities.
- Fostering Jewish Peoplehood experiences.
Tikkun Olam Shabbaton
Just as Fellows are encouraged to create tikkun olam projects close to their hearts, alumni are provided with ongoing opportunities to engage in hands-on work that inspires their individual Jewish leadership journeys. Examples of past tikkun olam projects:
- After school programs in inner city Baltimore that often have no other such offerings. Projects have included: reading club, homework club, girls empowerment, sports/sportsmanship, and current events club.
- Programs for Baltimore area seniors including spa days at a local senior living facility, chess club at a nursing home, and bingo nights at an assisted living.
- Providing meals to families in need at area soup kitchens and cooking meals for home delivery to families with a child in medical crisis.
- Helping with a summer day camp in Israel for at risk teenagers.
- Working with Sudanese and African refugees seeking asylum in Israel.
- Relief work for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Junior Counselors, North America
Each community has two Junior Counselors, recent alumni of the program, who partner with each local program Coordinator to inspire and empower individual participants. As a result of their personal experiences, Junior Counselors are uniquely positioned to motivate participants.
- Taking an active leadership role in all aspects of the program, including recruitment, selection, staffing workshops, and Shabbatonim.
- Providing guidance and mentoring to empower participants to explore and act on the pillars of the program.
- Partnering with the Israeli Junior Staff to plan and assist in leading the Israel Summer Seminar.