For College and High School Students (in separate cohorts)
As a Kadima Fellow, You Will:
Pursue your intended career by learning skills in leadership, project management, professionalism, storytelling, etc.
Gain a professional mentor in the field of law, medicine, TV and film, education, social work, social media/web design, accounting, politics, community organizing, youth engagement, non-profit, synagogue and Jewish organizational leadership, or others.
Build a professional network of mentors, colleagues, and friends who can advocate for you in future professional pursuits.
Sharpen your proficiency in project management and work on a career-path-inspired project that will highlight your unique skillset to future employers.
Repair the world by collaborating on a group social justice initiative and simultaneously strengthening your resume.
Kadima Fellows will participate in 2 Programs per week:
Leadership Development Seminar (weekly): Kadima Fellows will explore best practices in leadership, core management principles, entrepreneurship, change management, group formation, creative problem solving and innovation, and applied Jewish wisdom through interactive virtual seminars. Presenters include successful business and organizational leaders from a diverse set of professions. Kadima Fellows will receive guidance on organization, goal setting, public speaking, professional branding, and workplace environment.
Leadership Development Seminars will combine college and high school cohorts.
Mentorship Meeting (weeks 1, 3, and 5): Kadima Fellows will engage one-on-one with their assigned professional mentors. Mentors will share information about their own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. Mentors will help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.
Social Justice Project Group (weeks 2, 4, and 6): Kadima fellows will participate in interactive social justice workshops and collaborate on a social justice initiative of the cohort’s choice.
With new Leadership Development Seminars and guest speakers, those who participated in the Kadima Fellowship in 2020 are encouraged to participate again in 2021. Second-year participants will be placed with new mentors, unless they and their previous mentors are interested, able and willing to continue working together.
This fellowship is open to all North American Jewish college students and recent college graduates, as well as high school juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates. People of color, those in the LGBTQIA+ community and those from interfaith upbringing are encouraged to apply.
The application process is rolling; applications are being considered as they come in. To apply, complete the form in the link below! We will then arrange for a brief online interview. Spaces are limited; apply now!
Testimonials From 2020 Kadima Fellows
“I feel more connected to my peers than ever before and did not think it possible to find such meaningful work…”
“Thank you very much to Congregation Or Ami and Rabbi Paul Kipnes as well as Anna Calamaro for providing me with one of the greatest experiences I have had to date! I have absolutely loved the social justice work we have done with our cohorts and I cannot think of a better time to come together and help serve others than during a global pandemic.
I feel more connected to my peers than ever before and did not think it possible to find such meaningful work during this time. I have learned so much from my mentor and have been connected to so many of her peers in the entertainment industry and I cannot help but feel overwhelmed and overjoyed. This program provided me with the stability and purpose I was longing for this summer and it was wonderful that it was accessible to so many across the country. I would not have been able to share this experience if not for zoom and your hard work.”
“The Kadima Fellowship has created a good path when it comes to getting into college…”More
“I want to thank The Kadima Fellowship for introducing me to my future career. The Kadima Fellowship has created a good path for me when it comes to getting into college and further on. I know Rabbi Paul and Anna will be there to help me whenever I need it.”
“I don’t know what my future would look like if I wasn’t given this opportunity to speak with a mentor.”More
“Thank you, Anna and Rabbi Paul for connecting me with my mentor. Before having this experience, I was on the fence regarding whether or not I wanted to pursue a career in law. It only took one meeting with my mentor to solidify my choice to go to law school and step further into the process of becoming a lawyer. This amazing opportunity gives me the chance to ask questions not just anyone can answer and is so crucial for students trying to find their way. I don’t know what my future would look like if I wasn’t given this opportunity to speak with a mentor.”