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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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Meet the Rising Voices Fellows of 2015-16

Read the work of the Rising Voices Fellows.

The Rising Voices Fellowship 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 JWA staff and each other throughout the year, and meet at monthly webinars and in-person retreats. JWA’s Program Manager, Larisa Klebe, 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, the program's co-founder, provides curricular oversight and guides the fellows to explore issues related to social justice, community building, and identity.

The 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellowship is funded in part by the Hadassah Foundation.
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2014-2015 Rising Voices Fellows

2013-2014 Rising Voices Fellows

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.

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What is the application process?

Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • One reference from a teacher or other adult in a supervisory role.
  • 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.

Writing Prompts:

  1. 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)
  2. Research a woman on jwa.org who you’ve never heard of before but who interests you. What struck you about her? (300-350 words)

Applications for 2016-2017 are due on June 1, 2016

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How much does the fellowship cost?

For 2016-2017, the subsidized cost is $250 per participant.

We are committed to making the program accessible to all, and we will work with you so that cost is not a barrier to participation.

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How can I learn more?

If you have additional questions please contact Larisa Klebe at JWA or Emilia Diamant.

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How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "About Rising Voices." (Viewed on June 1, 2016) <http://jwa.org/blog/risingvoices/about>.

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