The Community Leadership Initiative is a five-month certificate program designed to help communities identify and energize new
and aspiring lay leaders. The program is
developed with the busy young professional in mind. It is comprised of a
dynamic cohort of 16 men and women from across
the country between the ages of 25-38, who are relatively new to board
leadership. The program meets twice at
Yeshiva University (on a Sunday and Monday) and meets regularly online. By
combining the top talent, technology and resources of Yeshiva University, we
can help train, inspire and empower our leaders with the tools they will need
to demonstrate and drive positive change within their own organizations and communities. Participants will be led through a journey of
personal self-discovery regarding their own leadership style, while being
taught the practical and necessary skills for long-term leadership.
What are the Goals of the
The Community Leadership Initiative aims to create and
empower a national network of community pillars by investing in today’s
emerging Orthodox lay leaders. The program will:
aims to inspire growth within the personal lives of lay leaders, and teach them
how to develop into a successful life-long leader, striking the appropriate
balance between work, family and community, so that their tenure in
lay-leadership will be long and fruitful.
The benefits of this program are
designed to spill over into one’s professional and personal lives, so as to maximize
and ensure long-term effective leadership:
Some of the topics will include:
The CLI program is designed to take the natural passion and energy of younger adults and to nurture and channel it towards maximizing their involvement and playing a more active leadership role in the organization, while serving as role models for others to follow. Participants will gain the practical knowledge, skills and vocabulary to meaningfully participate in the governance of the organization. A particular emphasis will be placed on empowering participants with the skills to effectively execute fundraising initiatives and help steer organizations towards a model of long term financial sustainability. Upon completion of the program, the organization will receive a framed certificate to recognize their commitment to building their future through leadership development. Additionally, all participants will receive a certificate of completion, issued on behalf of Yeshiva University
Background: The Washington Fellows Program
In 2009 and 2010 The Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future successfully cultivated cohorts of young leaders in the Washington, D.C. community as a test pilot for this program. Presently, 100% of the participants are actively involved in leadership positions throughout their communities. After financial investments in excess of $350,000 the program has been continually adapted and improved, and is now being scaled to reach a national audience. This will enable CLI to have a reach that is both far and wide and impact positive change in communities nationwide. In 2012-2013, the first cohort of the Community Leadership Initiative was successfully launched in South/Central New Jersey and Philadelphia. The following year, a dynamic cohort was formed from numerous Midwestern communities, who are now poised to bring their experiences and passion back to their respective organizations.
What is the Recruitment/Application Process?
Click here to read more about the Community Leadership Initiative.
If you are interested in participating or having your organization nominate lay leaders to join the program,
please email Rabbi Ari Sytner, Director of
For more information, please email Rabbi Ari Sytner, director of community initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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