Source: Write On for Israel
This intensive, two-year program, sponsored jointly by JUF News and the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago, combines history and politics with hands-on training in writing and public speaking. It is open to 25 exceptional high school juniors (as of fall 2009) who love Israel; who write and speak well, can commit to a 2-year extracurricular program in Israel and advocacy; and are ready for an extraordinary trip to Israel that goes beyond tourism to active engagement in the issues.
What does the program require? Write On Fellows:
- Attend seven mandatory Sunday seminars from December 2009 to June 2010, on history, media, journalism and advocacy, taught by professionals on the front lines of the issues.
- Complete required homework assignments, including reading and writing assignments that build skills and broaden understanding of the issues.
- Travel to Israel in summer 2010 for a two-week educational program that introduces you to Israeli media, political leaders, and policy-makers.
- Participate in community advocacy projects, including preparing a special supplement to JUF News during academic year 2010-11.
- Receive professional-level mentoring that builds skills and confidence.
Write On is designed for the very brightest and most committed Jewish teens – but any high school junior who is serious about Israel advocacy can qualify, regardless of where they go to school, how much they know about Israel, or if they’ve traveled to the Jewish State. Fellows are expected to make this program the number one priority – after academics. Write On Fellows receive a certificate of completion from the program and can count themselves among an elite group of students invited to participate.