MAJIC 2019-2020 Application
MAJIC: Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change is the High School Leadership Council of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. This leadership training program offers a select group of Muslim and Jewish high school students the opportunity to build their leadership skills, create lasting relationships across faith boundaries and have an impact on important social issues in Los Angeles.

20-24 teenagers will be selected to participate in an intense academic year experience in which they will meet approximately every other Sunday to build relationships across communal boundaries and learn communication and conflict resolution skills. Students will learn from a variety of communal leaders and from one another throughout the fall semester about Judaism and Islam and issues impacting both communities. During the spring semester, students will then develop their own joint Muslim-Jewish response to a social issue they deem most important. Upon completion of the fellowship, council members will be bestowed with a certificate from the City of Los Angeles in appreciation of their willingness to move beyond differences and contribute to improving inter-group relations in Los Angeles.

We are interested in applicants with demonstrated leadership skills who will also grow through our program. We accept applications and nominations for students who will be entering 10th-12th grades for the 2019-20 school year. Students of high school age who have started Community College are also encouraged to apply.

Thank you for your interest in our program!


Wed., August 28th 7-9PM (with Parents for Orientation)
Friday, September 13th-15th (Retreat)
Sunday, September 22nd 12:30-5:30 PM
Sunday, October 6th 12:30-5:30 PM
Sunday, November 3rd 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Day-Long Retreat)
Sunday, December 1st 12:30 - 5:30 PM
Sunday, January 12th 12:30 - 5:30 PM
Sunday, February 9th 12:30 - 5:30 PM
Sunday, March 1st 12:30 - 5:30 PM
Sunday, March 29th 12:30-5:30 PM
Sunday, April 19th 3-5PM (Graduation with Friends and Families)

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Parent or Guardian #1 Name *
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Parent or Guardian #2 Name
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Religious Affiliation *
I identify as a... *
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What is your ethnicity or background? *
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Year of High School Graduation *
School name for the 2019-2020 Academic year *
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Please describe your extra curricular activities. *
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Please describe your other interests or hobbies. *
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Have you been affiliated with a synagogue, mosque, organization, camp or other religious organization? If yes, please list them below and how you have been involved with them. *
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Please answer only ONE of the follow essay questions (250-500 words): 1. Why are you interested in joining MAJIC? What do you hope the impact of this experience will be on you and your community? OR 2. Describe a defining moment or experience in which you engaged with someone who was an "other" to you (not necessarily Muslim or Jewish) and how that has influenced you. *
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Is there anything else you would like us to know about you? *
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MAJIC Session Schedule: If you are unable to make any of the sessions (listed above), please indicate your conflicts below. Because the core of our work together is relationship building, students selected to be a part of the council may miss no more than 8 hours of programming during the year. If more than 8 hours are missed, you may be removed from the council. We request you mark these dates on your calendar in advance. Sessions will take place Sundays 12:30-5:30 with several exceptions listed on the page above. *
Committing to MAJIC: If selected as a MAJIC 2019-20 participant **you may only miss up to eight hours during the year.** If you miss more than eight hours, you may be removed from the program. Please confirm if you agree or not with the following statement: "I understand that MAJIC participants are expected to make the program a top priority and I am willing to commit to NewGround." *
I am aware that my application is not complete without a completed recommendation from a teacher, adviser, coach or other adult who will be able to speak to my leadership qualities. (Please send the link below to your recommender). NewGround will notify you when we have received the recommendation form. *
FOR PARENTS: In the past, the MAJIC Leadership Council has been completely underwritten by grants and donations. Over the last couple of years, we have expanded our robust and award-winning leadership program. As such, tuition is $500 per student. The cost for the program is approximately $2500 per student and is partially underwritten by grants and donations. No candidate will be turned away due to cost. *
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