Being the Change: Public Policy, Justice and Advocacy

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Being the Change:  A New Public Policy, Justice, and Advocacy course at Genesis

After a wave of devastating school shootings pushed teens in Parkland, Florida and beyond to become fearless advocates and help shift the conversation on gun violence in their state, the Brandeis Precollege Programs team began building a new Genesis course that would draw on Judaism’s long tradition of tikkun olam (healing the world) and Talmudic teachings on policy change, engaged debate, and democratized access to power. We worked with ethics, policy, and advocacy experts on campus as well as leaders and educators at Jewish justice organizations throughout the country to shape a vision for a two-week intensive course geared toward Jewish teens who are ready to learn the tools of making change in their home communities and beyond.

Genesis teens are uniquely positioned to be leaders on key political and moral issues. They are keenly aware of the social, political, environmental, and economic issues of our times and know the power of an organized movement to raise up marginalized voices and affect change in our communities. Participants in Genesis’ Public Policy, Justice, and Advocacy course are searching for hope and ready to organize, advocate, and use their own power effectively to build a more whole, more just world.

Being the Change is a two-week intensive (starting July 2-15, 2019) focused on: