Are you ready?
We are so excited you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Young Leader and joining us for this experience of a lifetime.
Each year 16 extraordinary young women, ages 15-17, from Palestine and Israel are selected to train as advocates and leaders for peace.
The program kicks off with a three-week immersive summer camp in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here’s what you can expect:
- Engage with peers for 40 hours of dialogue with facilitators from Israel and Palestine
- Learn the impactful practices of compassionate listening and authentic speaking to share stories of personal experiences, emotions, and deep reflection
- Participate in creative and therapeutic art workshops focused on meaningful self-expression and healing
- Meet local indigenous communities around Santa Fe
- Interact with fellow teenagers from the Santa Fe region who are part of our Peace Ambassador program
- Experience adventurous outings like a ropes course, sightseeing, chalk art, and events with the local community
After camp, your group will continue to gather and grow together for a year back at home with five weekend workshops and seminars. Over the course of the year, you’ll strengthen the budding foundation and connections from camp, and put into practice your newly learned leadership and communication skills.
The Young Leader program is open to young women, ages 15-17, from Palestine and Israel who demonstrate a commitment to social justice, impactful change, and an interest in engaging with young women of diverse backgrounds.
All activities and workshops are conducted in English as a common language between our diverse participants.
Thank you for your interest in the Young Leader program. The 2022 Young Leader Program application is now closed. Please check back in the fall of 2022 for the 2023 Young Leader Program application. If you have questions, please contact Noa Ma’ayan at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the backgrounds of the program participants?
We accept Palestinians from the West Bank and Israel, as well as Jewish Israelis. Our multicultural young women come from diverse educational, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds.
Are the facilitators and other adults from Israeli and Palestine?
Yes, even though the summer camp takes place in the United States, the young women will travel and interact with our extraordinary facilitators and mentors from both Israel and Palestine. They will also work with our New Mexico team and volunteers.
What should I expect from the application process?
Candidates must complete a written application, provide references, and be personally interviewed by our staff in Israel and Palestine.
What will it cost me to become a Young Leader?
We ask families who are able to contribute $1,000 to join the Young Leader program. Scholarships and financial assistance are available. Tomorrow’s Women is funded by individuals and private foundations throughout the United States, Israel, and Palestine.
Are there opportunities to continue after the one-year Young Leader program?
Absolutely. Our alumnae are like family and often remain involved for many years. We have an exciting new program called Advanced Leadership Initiative, where young leaders work in bi-national teams to create meaningful social justice initiatives in their communities. Our alumnae also have the opportunity to come back as Senior Young Leaders, which means they play a mentoring role for the incoming group. Young Leaders also join us on speaking tours in the United States for a chance to share their experiences with new audiences.