About Rising Voices
“Because of the Rising Voices Fellowship, I now know that what I say, write, and believe is significant. I can put up a piece of writing on the blog, and people I have never met will see it, think about it, and hopefully take something away. If this is what power feels like, then I can understand why everyone wants it.” —Ellie Kahn
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The Rising Voices Fellowship, a partnership between JWA and Prozdor of Hebrew College, is a national, ten-month program open to female-identified teens in 10th-12th grades. Participants blog monthly for jwa.org, and during monthly webinars and in-person retreats discuss topics related to feminism, pop culture, and Judaism. Interested applicants must have a passion for writing and an interest in Judaism, gender, and justice.
Now in its third year, the Rising Voices Fellowship is the only program of its kind in the country. The Fellowship helps teens develop authentic voices, strengthen their leadership through writing, and begin to influence the important conversations of the Jewish community. Throughout the course of ten months, fellows begin to see themselves as leaders by learning to develop and promote their ideas.
Fellows have regular contact with the Fellowship Directors and each other throughout the year, and meet at monthly webinars and three in-person retreats. JWA’s Director of Engagement and Social Media, Tara Metal, works with each of the fellows on their writing. The ability to accept and learn from edits, as well as a commitment to improving writing skills is crucial for success in the program. Emilia Diamant, Prozdor’s Assistant Director, provides curricular oversight and guides the fellows to explore issues related to social justice, community building, and identity.
As in past years, JWA and Prozdor will select up to 12 teenage girls from a national pool of applicants.
Important Required Dates for 2015-16 Fellows
- Applications (including recommendations) are due by 10pm EST on June 1, 2015.
- Interviews will take place between June 9 and 24.
- The first meeting of the Fellows accepted into the program will be a weekend retreat in Boston, September 18 - 20, 2015. Attendance is mandatory.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the goals of the fellowship?
The Jewish community needs female leaders who feel empowered to speak up, to initiate important conversations, and to advocate for their own rights and the rights of others. To become leaders, young Jewish women need role models, community support, and communication tools to enable them to take their rightful place in the world and contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the Jewish future. The Rising Voices Fellowship provides all these things and more.
Tools and techniques for improving one’s writing and understanding social media will be at the core of each of meeting of the Fellows. Between writing, peer review, and preparation for upcoming meetings, participants will be asked to allocate two to three hours a week to the program.
What is the application process?
See above for application deadlines.
Applicants are required to submit the following information:
- Two references from teachers or other adults in supervisory roles.
- A short paragraph answer to why the student wishes to be a part of the fellowship and what she hopes to get out of it.
- Two writing samples on provided topics below.
- A sample tweet introducing the idea/title of the writing sample provided.
- Choose a piece of popular culture (a song, TV show, YouTube video, movie, etc.) How do you relate to it as a Jewish young woman? (300-350 words)
- Research a woman on jwa.org who was born before 1950. Write a blog post comparing her to someone carrying on her work today. (300-350 words)
Please note that there is no way to save the application during the process; please be prepared to complete the application in one sitting. We anticipate the application process to take no more than two hours.
How can I learn more?
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "About Rising Voices." (Viewed on May 28, 2015) <http://jwa.org/blog/risingvoices/about>.