Kol Koleinu (Hebrew for “All Our Voices”) is a 10-month national feminist fellowship for 10th-12th grade teens of all genders. Participants will explore and deepen their feminist knowledge, strengthen their voices and build their leadership skills through teaching, learning and activism in their communities and beyond. The program consists of two in-person weekend gatherings and meets monthly online as a supportive learning community. You’ll have opportunities to teach other Jewish teens about feminism and social change. Participants will work in small teams on activist projects with support from adult mentors.
The 15 fellows from Greater New York City who participated in the 2018-2019 Kol Koleinu pilot have learned so much this year about feminism and activism, with a Jewish lens, and they enjoyed being in a feminist teen community. As two 12th grade Kol Koleinu participants remarked:
“I enjoy learning with people as passionate as I am.”
“I really liked the spiritual approach and how inclusive the program is! I also like that we teach each other and that we practice what we teach.”
Kol Koleinu Fellows learned and taught each other about topics including gender socialization; intersectionality; masculinities; powerful Jewish women; gender and mental health; self-image; trans-inclusive feminism; capitalism and feminism; and reproductive justice.
Their projects include:
- Creating materials for school and youth group-based workshops to promote freedom of gender expression through exploration of clothing choices and gender norms.
- Creating and distributing “feminist fortune candies” with affirming and body-positive messages to support the mental health of high school students.
- Creating, publishing and distributing a zine reclaiming the word “feminist.”
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