The PREP Fellowship (Pride. Renewal. Education. Purpose.) is an ongoing, life-skills preparation program for high school juniors and seniors 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 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 limited to high school juniors and seniors. 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
Wednesdays, November 29 (AllCove, 2741 Middlefield Rd STE 102, Palo Alto), Dec 6 (Arrillaga Pavilion, 1st floor), January 17, January 24, February 14, February 28, March 13, April 10 (location TBD), May 29
(Optional): Mental Health First-Aid Responder Certification: Tuesdays, December 12, 19, 5:00–6:30 PM, and Sunday, December 17, 1:00 PM, Room A-017
Retreat: March 29–31, Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma
Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th floor (unless noted otherwise)
Free | RSVP Required
Contact: Lara Walklet | [email protected]