Student to Student is a high school peer education program striving to reduce prejudice and bigotry within our community. It fosters understanding among peers and creates leaders. The program brings together Jewish high school students from different backgrounds, trains them to talk about their lives as Jewish teens, and facilitates discussions in public and private schools in an effort to dismantle antisemitism and put a human face to Judaism. Since this is a presentation by students for students, it is not perceived as "just another lecture" It resonates with the students and creates more of an informal discussion where questions are encouraged.
Student to Student participants have made presentations in public and independent schools in classes including world history, speech, journalism, literature, and more.
The Student to Student Program is funded by a grant from United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Join us for the 2020-2021 school year in sharing our lives as Jewish teens to break down stereotypes and foster increased understanding with other teens in our community:
Hear first-hand about the impact of the program from our teens and teachers who have utilized our presentations for their students.
“It is through programs such as this that our communities learn to understand each other better so that we…can live in mutual respect and peace.”
—Student to Student Participating Teacher
Thank you to our 2019-2020 Student to Student participants!
On June 16th, the JCRC of Greater Washington held our 2020 Student to Student End of Year Celebration. Even with the quarantine the Student to Student program still made a huge impact this year. 66 teens representing diverse Jewish branches from 33 schools in the DMV presented 39 times to more than 2100 students. Featuring an interview with hip hop artist, Westside Gravy
Recent articles about the Student to Student program:
‘Like Judaism 101’: To fight anti-Semitism, program sends Jewish teens into classrooms -The Washington Post
Student-to-student talks aim to increase understanding of Jews -Washington Jewish Week
Students Empowering Students - Washington Jewish Week
A Jewish Teen Outreach Program Goes National -Tablet Magazine
Students turned teachers: New program to the area encourages expansion of Jewish learning -JDS Newsletter
For more information on becoming a Student to Student participant, or to schedule a presentation, please call Sara Winkelman, Program Director, Student to Student Initiative at 301-770-0881 or email SWinkelman@jcouncil.org.