Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT)
AJC’s leadership program for high school students
Today’s high school students are tomorrow’s Jewish leaders. Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT), AJC’s education and advocacy program for teens, empowers young Jews to speak up for Israel and the Jewish people.
LFT helps high school students develop a strong Jewish identity and trains them as advocates for Israel, and to be voices against antisemitism. LFT gives students the tools to talk about the issues impacting world Jewry today, and the confidence to stand up for these issues in college and throughout their lives, no matter how difficult the situation.
Our work has demonstrated that the best way to inspire young Jews is to prepare them with information, tools, and skills before they start college. Once Jewish students go off to college, they have greater demands on their time and often find themselves on the defensive when it comes to many of these subjects, especially Israel. LFT proactively equips them to meet these challenges.
Past LFT alumni have gone on to use their advocacy skills in meetings with leaders from all over the world, including ambassadors from Europe and Asia, and even the Prime Minister of Israel.
To date, the LFT program has reached nearly 400 students. During the 2020-2021 school year, LFT will be in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New England (Boston), New Jersey (Northern & Central), New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Westchester/Fairfield; and is expanding to new cities each year!