PREP Fellowship
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    PREP Fellowship

    For Current High-School-Aged Students

    When: Wednesdays, 11/29/2023 - 5/29/2024 (Tuesday meeting on February 13), 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Terrace (Bldg F) 4th Floor


    The PREP Fellowship (Pride. Renewal. Education. Purpose.) is an ongoing, life-skills preparation program for all high school students who would like to gain community through learning practical, applicable tools that will aid their transition when leaving home for college, the workforce and/or a gap year. Over the course of seven months, under the guidance of the JCC's LEAP program manager, participants will gather as a cohort to learn and engage with a lineup of expert educators and professionals from Bay Area and national partner organizations.

    The fellowship focuses on three main areas: wellness, living peacefully in community, and identity in the face of adversity. Fellows will confidently explore how to express and grow their own unique and group identities (Jewish or other group) on college campuses, or simply in the world beyond their home, particularly when at risk of being marginalized or discriminated against for who they are.

    The fellowship takes place over the course of ten workshops and one Spring retreat, with 1.5-hour workshops generally spaced out every other week, twice per month. These workshops will be held at the OFJCC campus in multiple locations.

    Upon completion of the fellowship, students will receive a $360 stipend and a certificate of accomplishment. As part of the fellowship, students can also receive a certification as mental health first-aid responders.

    Interested students should reach out to Lara Walklet at [email protected]. The fellowship is for all high school students. Enrollment is currently open and fellows will be admitted on a rolling basis through January 16, 2024. Apply today!


    This program is being created in partnership with Allcove, Jewish Studio Project, JFCS, Dr. Kathy Simon, Shalom Bayit, the ADL, JCRC, StandWithUS and others.

    November 29–May 29

    Day Date Time Location Workshop
    Wednesday November 29 5:00–6:30 PM AllCove, 2741 Middlefield Road, Suite 102, Palo Alto Mental wellbeing workshop (Optional)
    Wednesday December 6 5:00–6:30 PM Arrillaga Pavilion, 1st floor Exploring my identities and self through art (Optional)
    Wednesday January 17
    5:00–6:30 PM Freidenrich Conference Center Non-violent communication
    Wednesday January 24 5:00–6:30 PM Freidenrich Conference Center Conflict resolution
    Tuesday February 13 5:00–6:30 PM Freidenrich Conference Center Inherent bias through an LBGTQ+ lens
    Wednesday February 28 5:00–6:30 PM Freidenrich Conference Center Understanding hatred through the case study of antisemitism
    Wednesday March 13 5:00–6:30 PM Freidenrich Conference Center Know your rights: how to deal with marginalization and confrontation around your Jewish (or other) identity
    Wednesday March 29–31 5:00–6:30 PM Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma Healthy relationships and cohort-bonding retreat
    Wednesday April 10 5:00–6:30 PM Freidenrich Conference Center Social movements, protests and activism on campus
    Wednesday May 29 5:00–6:30 PM Freidenrich Conference Center Certificate of completion session and program wrap up


     Mental Health First Aid: Part 3

    Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th floor (unless noted otherwise)
    Free | RSVP Required
    Contact: Lara Walklet | [email protected] 




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