UpStart Colorado’s Teen Fellowship will open its applications Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to Jewish high school students with an appetite for creating change, openness to feedback, and a commitment to collaboratively pursuing an idea that will inspire their community. The fellowship is a six-month program that empowers Jewish teens to make an impact in their local community by creating Jewish social ventures. The fellowship supports teens in igniting their creativity, building community, and increasing their confidence to make a difference in the world.
UpStart’s Colorado Design Strategist Yoni Buckman directs the fellowship that runs from November 2018 to April 2019, culminating in a Fellow Showcase – an opportunity for project teams to pitch their initiatives to a room of community members, fellow entrepreneurs, family, and friends.
“The fellowship is fundamentally committed to supporting Jewish teens in finding their voice,” says Buckman. “We provide teens with a safe space to build empathy, take risks, and view the world through a Jewish lens, using design thinking and other cutting edge frameworks.”
Program fellows will work collaboratively to tackle challenges that Jewish teens face here in Colorado. Fellows will receive coaching, mentorship, and access to tools and mindsets that will propel their ideas into ventures.
The teen fellowship is supported by the new Colorado UpStart Hub, directed by Innovation Lead Sarah Kornhauser. Kornhauser describes that:
“The Hub is here to re-design and ignite the ways people experience the Jewish community. Basically, we want the Colorado Jewish community to be a thriving and vibrant community and all of our work here helps to make that happen.”