JWW’s Activist Certification and Training (ACT) program offers young people the opportunity to earn certification as official Youth Activists by learning the skills of activism first-hand. JWW supports youth activist clubs in high schools throughout Los Angeles. Students commit to completing three projects during the school year in the skill-sets of Education, Advocacy, and Development. Students also get the chance to meet their fellow youth activists, working together in collective projects. Through ACT, these dedicated students are empowered with the tools and skills they need to advocate for positive change. More than 500 middle and high school students have earned their certification as JWW Youth Activists!
JWW has launched a new program for B’nai Mitzvah students, ACT 13! Through a unit of six lessons implemented in religious schools, students learn the skills of Education, Advocacy, and Development and earn opportunities to practice their new skills first-hand.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects
Several of our speakers have inspired community youth towards larger activist projects. Young people are an essential part of our work – their energy and enthusiasm lends an important strength to our projects. Jewish World Watch is happy to meet with anyone, of any age, interested in taking larger steps of action.
Summer Camps Projects
Each year JWW reaches out to young people attending area summer camps to engage them in action on the crises in Sudan and Congo. In the summer of 2007, JWW’s ACT Out Loud summer camp program harnessed the power of music to encourage action by summer campers, leading to the contribution of over 1000 letters to then-President Bush as a part of its “letters from camp” initiative. In the summer of 2008, JWW engaged campers in an innovative new “Day in the Life of a Refugee” program, an interactive program in which campers experienced and explored what it means to live as a refugee. In the summer of 2009, JWW connected campers with Darfuri refugee children in the Djabal refugee camp in Chad, recording video messages of hope and support to the Darfuri children and helping to raise money to build schools for them through our Sister Schools project.
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis University Fellows
Starting with the first cohort in the 2011-2012 academic year, JWW has had the pleasure of working with truly excellent students at university campuses across the United States. Though not JWW’s first foray into engaging with university students, the fellowship offered a way to create a sustainable movement on each campus.