Become a Young Leader
Each year, sixteen extraordinary women from Israel and Palestine are selected to train as advocates and leaders for peace. The year-long Young Leader program begins at camp during a three-week summer intensive in New Mexico where participants are guided through daily dialogues and creative workshops that focus on open communication, therapeutic art-making, and self-expression. At camp, Young Leaders will be given the unique opportunity to move past their prejudices to gain an understanding of their peers, build confidence, and communicate authentically.
After completing the summer intensive in New Mexico, participants continue to deepen their communication and leadership skills together at home. Participants learn skills essential to leading with purpose and compassion, strengthen connections with each other, and meet Senior Young Leaders who share a collective vision of building a future based on equity and justice.
The Young Leader program is open to young women, ages 15-17, from Israel and Palestine. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to social justice, as well as an interest in engaging with young women of diverse backgrounds.
Participants must be strong English speakers. All activities and workshops will be conducted in English.
The cost of the one-year Young Leader program is $9000, however, families are asked to pay $1000. Several scholarships are awarded each year based on financial need. Please include a completed scholarship form with your application to be considered.
Thank you for your interest in the Young Leader program, however, online applications for the 2020 program year are no longer being accepted. Please check this page in the coming months for application instructions for 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the backgrounds of the program participants?
We accept young Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel, as well as Jewish Israelis. Our young women come from diverse religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
How many young women have completed the program?
Tomorrow’s Women has empowered over 300 Palestinian and Israeli women to lead collaboratively. By working with small, intimate groups of women who are united by a shared purpose, we are able to create a deeper, more lasting impact.
How are participants selected?
Candidates must complete a written application, provide references, and be personally interviewed by our staff in Israel and Palestine. We require English-language proficiency and leadership aptitude.
How is the Young Leader program funded?
We are funded by individuals and private foundations throughout the United States, Israel, and Palestine.