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Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT)

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Leaders for Tomorrow

The KC LFT application deadline is September 16, 2022.

ABOUT LFT

Today’s high school students are tomorrow’s Jewish leaders. In 2019, JCRB|AJC launched AJC's Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT) program, which empowers young Jews to speak up for Israel and the Jewish people.

Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT), American Jewish Committee's innovative education program for high school students, is designed to empower the next generation of young Jewish leaders to advocate on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel. LFT instills in teens the knowledge, confidence, and passion to serve as positive change-makers among their peers, in their communities, and beyond.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

LFT is a seven-month-long leadership development program for high school students, grades 10-12. The program helps high school students develop a strong Jewish identity and trains them as advocates for Israel, and to be voices against antisemitism. LFT gives students the tools to talk about the issues impacting world Jewry today, and the confidence to stand up for these issues in college and throughout their lives, no matter how difficult the situation.

Over the course of the school year, our KC LFT cohort meets for seven interactive and engaging sessions, one Sunday per month.   

APPLICATION DETAILS

We are currently accepting applications from outstanding high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors for the 2022-2023 KC LFT Cohort, beginning in Fall 2022.  Click here to apply. 

  • Admission to this program is competitive and space is limited. 
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Participants will be selected based on their application and a phone interview. 
  • There is no cost to participate.

QUESTIONS?

Please email Sarah Markowitz, JCRB|AJC's Director of Education and Programs at sarahm@jewishkc.org

KC LFT ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

More feedback from Kansas City LFT alumni and parents

“LFT has helped me better identify, understand, and combat antisemitism, personally and in my comunity. I would recommend LFT to any Jewish youth who has any interest in bettering the community.” — Gabe Goldstein , 2021-2022 cohort

“LFT has made me a better Jewish advocate. They have educated me in Israel’s history and government, They have also educated me on different types of antisemitism. Together I can use skills both to spot and combat antisemitism.” — Nachman White, 2021-2022 cohort

"I can use the tools I learned in real life to advocate not only for Israel and the Jewish people but also other things I am passionate about."   — Gabby F., 2020-2021 cohort

"LFT has given me the tools to confront antisemitism and to explain the history of Zionism and Judaism. The program has definitely helped me have a better understanding of antisemitism."  — LFT Student, 2020-2021 cohort

"LFT has helped me because I learned so much through these sessions and I can now advocate for myself." —Mathew S., 2020-2021 cohort

"The program has been phenomenal. High-level programs, great things to think about, solid ideas of how to approach subjects.  It is high praise for my daughter to come back from the meetings and consistently say that she learned so much or that she "never thought about something in that way." — LFT parent, 2019-2020 cohort

"The program and facilitators are awesome, and LFT is a great opportunity to talk to a group of bright, nice kids who also care about Israel. In LFT, you get to explore subjects such as the difference between education and advocacy, whether antisemitism is the same as being "anti-Israel", the political and cultural aspects of Israel, relationships between Israel and other nations, and more. Fantastic guest speakers are brought in and excellent resources are provided by AJC for outside reading. Overall, an amazing program. Thank you, LFT!"                    — LFT student, 2019-2020 cohort

“As a Jewish teen in the 21st century, it’s important to be educated on the various types of antisemitism and where it stems from. LFT has allowed me to expand my knowledge on different types of antisemitism, as well as how to combat it as a strong Jewish leader.”                 — LFT student, 2019-2020 cohort

LFT in Kansas City is funded in part by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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