PeerCorps is a year-long mentorship program inviting Jewish teens, b’nai mitzvah students and their families from all denominations to build deep relationships with one another and community-based work in Detroit.
Mentors begin with a ‘Gesher Week’ at the end of August. This immersive week of living, working and exploring together in Detroit provides an opportunity for mentors to develop mentorship skills, self-awareness, critical thinking, and to deepen their understanding of justice through connecting Jewish values to learning about self and society.
Over the course of the school year, Mentors work and learn alongside b’nai mitzvah students, aka “Mentees,” at designated service sites in Detroit. Mentors continue their learning and leadership development through creating and facilitating Mentee learning as well as their own monthly Elu V’Elu learning sessions. At the end of their PeerCorps experience, Mentees and Mentors create a “Bereishit” project, and Mentors help to plan and participate in a Closing Shabbaton.
Mentors will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program.
MENTOR COMMIT TO A FULL YEAR OF PROGRAMMING INCLUDING: Entire Gesher Mentor training (week of 8/20/17)Service visits 2-3 per month at a designated site with B’nai Mitzvah MenteesMonthly Workshops/Programs called אלו ואלו / elu v'elu / or multiple voicesHelp with Mentee recruitment Plan and lead one Gesher Day for Mentees and their parentsBe an active and engaged role model alongside your MenteesParticipate in either MLK Overnight or Spring Program and Closing Program