Federation’s ConnectGens Fellowship!

Last year’s ConnectGens Fellows (including GTJ’s Aaron W).

Do you have an idea to contribute to our Jewish community?  Are you looking for a community of visionaries, dreamers, and entrepreneurs?  Are you seeking inspiration?

The ConnectGens Fellowship, powered by PresenTense, provides a focal point for visionary, entrepreneurial members of our local Jewish community to gather, to “dream out loud,” and to bring their ideas to life.  The ConnectGens Fellowship equips a select group of Jewish social innovators with the training, tools, and connections to transform big ideas into ventures and projects that will engage, inspire, and support our Jewish community, in DC and beyond.

I am privileged to serve on the Steering Committee of the ConnectGens Fellowship.  Together, we envision for the impact we want the Fellowship to have in our community, recruit the next generations of Fellows, and lay the foundation for the projects throughout our extensive networks in the community.

Last year, as part of the Admissions team, I recruited applicants, supported the application review process, and welcomed Fellows to the program; as a coach, I supported the EcoEtti project.  I am inspired every day by my work on this project –meeting the applicants is exciting and motivating, because their ideas for new ventures are the future of our Jewish community.

This year, as co-captain of the Admissions Team on the Steering Committee, I am thrilled to meet our new Fellows.  I will be reaching throughout my networks and beyond, spreading the word far and wide to identify the next cohort of ConnectGens Fellows.  I am especially looking forward to seeing new ventures come out of the woodwork – from the places you least expect come the ideas that could transform our community.

It has been a great pleasure to work with professionals from PresenTense, whose passion for empowering leaders around the United States is unmatched, and JFGW staff, whose hard work powers this program on the ground.

Leadership means putting your vision into action, and it is so exciting to encounter Fellows who are willing to take that responsibility and devote their time to powering their ideas beyond the vision stage and into the community. If you have an idea, or even a spark, and are ready to bring it to the next stage, please be in touch to learn more about how you can apply to be a part of this game-changing project. Yasher koach!

The deadline to apply for the ConnectGens Fellowship, powered by PresenTense, is Sunday, November 4th.   Apply online at www.shalomdc.org/fellowship.  To learn more about getting involved as a Fellow, mentor or coach, attend the ConnectGens Fellowship Open House on October 24th at 7pm.