Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity.

 

Student to Student empowers OC Jewish teens to reduce prejudice and stereotypes, and ultimately to prevent and counter antisemitism among their fellow teens.

Student to Student is a high school peer education program that puts a human face to Judaism and the Jewish experience – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance.  Small groups of Jewish teens give presentations to their peers in local private and public school classrooms, fostering understanding and encouraging conversation and exploration.

Student to Student:

  • Strives to reduce prejudice and bigotry
  • Counters stereotypes
  • Fosters understanding among peers
  • Facilitates discussions in an effort to dismantle antisemitism 
  • Builds relationships between Jewish students from different backgrounds
  • Trains students to talk about their lives as Jewish teens
  • Empowers Jewish students to become leaders

Learn about the impact that Student to Student is having in local communities.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 STUDENT TO STUDENT COHORT

ARE NOW OPEN

Interesting in joining Student to Student?

Know a great student to nominate?

Please fill out the appropriate form below:

 

Jewish Community Professionals:
Nominate a rising high school junior or senior for the 2021-2022 Cohort 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQT-QU4hrkndSvSkUHW8-lf29ntg_X655CGzKPtvta7bAJ3g/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Students
(including nominated students)

student apply

 

For more information contact Lisa Armony, Director, Rose Project at lisa@jffs.org.

 

 

What people are saying about Student to Student:

It is through programs such as this that jour communities learn to understand each other so that we can live in mutual respect and peace.” – Student to Student Participating Teacher

 

I always leave presentations with an incredible sense of accomplishment, realizing that through this program, I really could change some of the problems in the world today.” – Student to Student Presenter

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who can apply for the Student to Student?

Jewish students attending school in Orange County who will be in grades 11 or 12 during the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to apply. Students do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish organization, congregation or denomination.

 

How much time is required for this program?

This program makes a big impact with a minimal time commitment from student participants. Students will meet for a one-day orientation session in late summer and a mid-year check-in meeting in the winter. In this inaugural year, students can expect to give one or two presentations during the school year.

 

How many students can participate in the program this year?

As this is the inaugural year for the program, we are seeking to form a cohort of 12 students. Ideally students in our cohort will represent a diversity of religious denominations and affilliations.

 

Who gives the presentations?

Each presentation is given by a group of three or four students. Each group ideally includes students involved with the Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches of Judaism. 

 

Where are presentations given?

STS participants make presentations in public and private high schools in classes that focus on world history, literature classes, and world religions.

 

What do presentations consist of?

Presenters discuss a range of topics, including any or all of the following:

  • A description of the branches of Judaism 
  • The Jewish life cycle from birth to Bar/Bat Mitzvah to marriage to death 
  • The Sabbath 
  • Antisemitism and the Holocaust 
  • Israel
  • The Hebrew language 
  • Jewish dietary practices 
  • The Jewish calendar, including holidays 

 

Groups bring a variety of “props” into the classroom that help make their presentations come alive for their peers, including challah, a shofar, Shabbat candlesticks, personal pieces of Judaica and more. The group encourages their fellow students to ask questions. The subsequent discussions are a vital element of the program.

 

How do students prepare for presentations?

Students will meet for an orientation session in late summer. Materials will be provided and support given to help the students prepare. Because so much of these presentations reflect students’ personal experiences, they will come into the program with much of the expertise they need to give effective presentations.

 

How many presentations do students give?

Each group can expect to give presentations at one or two school sites in this inaugural year. 

 

When do presentations take place?

Presentations take place during the school day.  Students are provided with letters for their school to excuse their absence. Our staff will coordinate transportation to and from the schools we visit with the student presenters.

 


 

About Student to Student:  Student to Student began as a local peer-to-peer program developed in 1992 by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis. Through a grant from the Natan Fund, the program has been scaled nationally. It is now active in nearly a dozen communities and reaches thousands of students each year. The Rose Project is delighted to establish the first Student to Student program in California.

 

This program is partially funded by grant from the American Jewish Committee, Orange County Chapter and the JCRC of St. Louis.