The Peer Leadership Fellowship is a signature program of the Jewish Teen Initiative (JTI) that trains and empowers teens in grades 10 through 12 to become communal connectors. Fellows reimagine how they can develop meaningful relationships with their peers and connect others to the vast menu of opportunities available to Jewish teens in their community and beyond.
Fellows meet monthly (in real life and virtually), building a team of leaders who are strengthening each other and their community while helping other teens who are uninvolved or marginally engaged in Jewish life.
In 2016, JTI Boston partnered with Hillel International to adapt their successful engagement model for college students on campus for our teen community. JTI Peer Leadership Fellows receive training based on the Hillel model to practice within their own community.
In 2018, JTI Boston added the Peer Inclusion Track, where Fellows focus on working with peers who have special needs. Partnering with synagogues and organizations throughout the Greater Boston community and beyond, JTI Peer Inclusion Fellows are helping to redefine inclusion can look like for Jewish teens.
Today, community and connection are both critically important for our teens, and JTI Peer Leadership Fellows are leading the way to create a more connected and inclusive community for Jewish teens throughout Greater Boston.