(September 3, 2021 / JNS) Repair the World and Hillel International announce the Repair Campus Corps Program, which will support 150 college student corps members around the world to engage their peers in service, civic engagement, Jewish learning and social-justice work during the 2021-22 academic year.
Hillels can request up to four student interns per campus.
During the onset of the global pandemic, Repair the World significantly expanded its reach and national partnerships through launching the Serve the Moment Service Corps (now Repair the World Service Corps) and the Jewish Service Alliance, which collectively brought together 40-plus organizations driving national service and mobilizing tens of thousands of Jewish Young adults in 100,000 acts of meaningful service and learning grounded in Jewish values.
In year one, in partnership with Hillel International, 100 campus corps members from 96 local Hillels recruited 4,843 peers in service, catalyzing 5,312 acts of service and learning and contributing 26,299 hours of service to partner organizations.
“Hillel students are truly making a difference throughout the world with their dedication to service and commitment to social change,” said the organization’s president and CEO Adam Lehman. “We are excited for this new year that brings about opportunities to continue combating the injustices and disparities prevalent in our country and beyond.”
Student corps members will participate in a full-year cohort experience—from September to May—with a choice of six issue-based education cohorts.
Starting in October, each cohort will participate in a four-part virtual educational series related to their issue area, meeting monthly through January. The education series will introduce the topic and its connection to Jewish values, and help students create tangible next steps to participate in service around this issue.
The issue areas include environmental justice; disability-inclusion justice; racial justice; food justice; housing justice and education justice.
“We look forward to seeing the meaningful change resulting from our student corps members as the success and overwhelming response to this program is proof positive that Jewish college students are eager to create change by living out their Jewish values,” said Cindy Greenberg, president and CEO of Repair the World. “The last 18 months have presented all of us with countless unanticipated challenges that were met by young people with hope, perseverance and dedication. As we continue to navigate this new school and programmatic year, we are filled with hope and are excited to engage even more students to serve their communities and address urgent local needs and inequity.”
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