On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the Satell Teen Fellowship celebrated the end of a successful programming year with presentations of the fellows’ commitment projects.
The Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Social Activism is an innovative leadership development program for Jewish 11th- and 12th-graders from the Greater Philadelphia area who want to make a positive impact on the world. “The fellowship helps prepare the fellows to find their own voices and become future leaders in the community,” said Beth Razin, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Satell Teen Fellowship Liaison.
“One of the unique features is the diversity of the cohort each year. We actively seek teens from across the Jewish spectrum, from Orthodox to secular.”
During the 10-month program, 17 fellows had the opportunity to participate in leadership and community service programs each month, meet with influential business and community leaders to discuss vital issues and travel to Washington, D.C., and Israel. The fellows also completed a commitment project based on their area of interest that served their community, school, synagogue or youth group to hone their leadership skills. Projects included working in a community garden to address food insecurity, promoting Holocaust education and working with HIAS Pennsylvania to teach English to new immigrant children.
On the teens’ three-day trip to Washington, D.C., in February, they met with government leaders, including Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Ryan Costello, to learn how American culture, government and policies connect with Jewish values.
The fellows also traveled to Israel in June for an 11-day trip to explore ancient and modern Israel. They visited the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether region of Netivot and Sedot Negev, as well as other programs funded by the Jewish Federation, including Latet, where they packed food boxes with members of the Partnership2Gether Teen Council. “The trip was truly a life-changing experience,” said Samantha Treiman, a student at Council Rock North High School and member of Ohev Shalom of Bucks County. “I cannot be more thankful to have had such an incredible experience this year with the fellowship.”
Founded in 2005 by Ed Satell, the initiative is funded by a partnership between the Jewish Federation and the Satell Family Foundation. It marked its 10th anniversary on May 19th with a reunion, which brought together alumni who shared the impact that the program has made on their lives.
“The Satell Teen Fellowship was full of unique opportunities to engage in social action and to think critically about issues that matter,” said 2015 fellow Arin Edelstein, a student at Cheltenham High School and member of Congregation Kol Ami.
Applications are now open for the 2016 Satell Teen Fellowship program. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, visit www.satellteenfellowship.org.
For more information, contact Satell’s director, David Monblatt, at [email protected] or 215-470-0001.