Action and Advocacy Immersive

Powered by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, teens will challenge their own values and motivations, learn how community-level change is made, and build and run social action programming for the rest of camp.

I loved action and advocacy. I have been to lots of other programs to teach leadership and social action. But I have never been to something that really focuses on the action piece. Here, I got an expansive toolbox. We learned new resources, tools, and ways to take action every day. The plethora of information was incredible.

- Maggie, Calgary, Alberta

Read about more of our teens experiences in the immersive!

This is for the teen who...  

...wants to learn from mentors with vast experience in community organizing and political advocacy in Washington, D.C. and across North America.

5 Key Takeaways 

Five things prospective participants should know:

  1. Powered by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
  2. Teens will learn about systemic change-making, which can result in sustained improvements.
  3. Issue explorations give teens perspective on a variety of different topics, including Israel.
  4. Teens will be challenged to think critically, try new things, and to envision how to apply lessons from the immersive beyond camp.
  5. Teens will get the opportunity to prepare and lead an all-camp program with guidance from the immersive teacher.

Curriculum Description 

In Action and Advocacy teens gain the tools to mobilize and make change in their communities.

The curriculum is broken up into three units, each of which centers around one of Rabbi Hillel’s three questions: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”

Participants in the immersive will interrogate their own values, beliefs and motivations. Then, they will learn how change is made through trainings on the basics of community organizing. Finally, teens will put their new skills into practice by running an evening program at camp, completing a final project, and setting action goals for when they return home.