Sep. 13, 2020 - May. 2, 2021

Strong Women Fellowship

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  • Grades 9-12
  • $150 per year (financial assistance available)
  • Dunwoody
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Overview

The Strong Women: Know Them, Be Them Fellowship is an empowering educational cohort providing Jewish teens in Atlanta with unparalleled access to strong women leaders, thinkers and voices shaping the world we live in today.

Each month teen participants meet speakers and engage in relevant learning that speaks to what it means to be a woman in our time. This Fellowship helps young people grapple with the obstacles they face and prepares them to be the leaders they can be today and in the future.

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Track Based Cohorts

New this year, the Strong Women Fellowship will include monthly meetings with a track Fellows choose based on their interests. Tracks are:

Believe & Lead: Interested in leadership? This track is designed for Fellows interested in exploring how to create influence around topics they care about. A speaker for this track includes a national campaign organizer for gun violence prevention.

Imagine & Create: Ready to get creative? This track is designed for Fellows interested in exploring how to create positive change in the world through a creative lens. A speaker for this track includes a spoken word poetry performer.

Help & Heal: Want to make a positive difference in the world? This track is designed for Fellows interested in delving into how to help others and themselves in a meaningful way. A speaker for this track includes a mental health writer and advocate.

Think & Solve: Interested in critical thinking? This track is designed for Fellows interested in thinking strategically to solve some of the our greatest problems. A speaker for this track includes a founder and CEO of an organization that helps people find internships and careers.

Hope & Overcome: Ready to explore what it means to overcome adversity? This track is designed for Fellows interested in hearing hopeful stories from speakers about what it means to show determination despite hardship. A speaker for this track includes an immigration services manager at a refugee resettlement agency.

In addition to hearing from speakers throughout the year, Fellows will meet once a month in small groups with their tracks for experiential conversations that will give them a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, and have fun. They will explore conversation topics such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress. This year’s small groups are being developed in partnership with Moving Traditions, a national leader in community building for teens. These groups will be facilitated by a young professional in the Atlanta Jewish community.

Leadership Opportunities

Second year returning Strong Women Fellows have the opportunity to apply for the Strong Women Fellowship’s Peer Leader program. As a Peer Leader, Fellows attend training on August 16, work with speakers throughout the year to add their voice to each Strong Women event, and help staff members facilitate the track cohort meetings.

Third year returning Fellows have the chance to apply for the Teen Leadership Board to help choose the speakers and provide high-level feedback throughout the year. The Teen Leadership Board for ‘20-’21 has already been selected at this time and has been hard at work building this year’s Fellowship experience.

Dates

The fellowship cohort will meet approximately twice each month from September 2020-May 2021. Meetings will take place on Sunday afternoons. Due to the uncertainty of next year’s public health situation at this time, events may be virtual or in person at The Weber School.

Dates and details will be added to the itinerary on this page as available. Dates are subject to change. Participants are encouraged to attend every session.

Application Process

The fellowship application closes Fri. Aug. 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis through the deadline.

To apply to be a Peer Leader, applicants must answer the extra Peer Leader application question on the application form. The Peer Leader application is open to previous participants only, and interested Fellows must apply by Fri. Aug. 2, 2020. These leadership applications will also be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis to give leaders adequate notice of their required attendance at training on Sun. Aug. 16.