Recruitment for the 2022-2023 Cohort is Open
Prejudice often results from lack of knowledge and familiarity.
Student to Student empowers OC Jewish teens to reduce prejudice and stereotypes, and ultimately to prevent and counter antisemitism among their fellow teens.
Student to Student is a high school peer education program that puts a human face to Judaism and the Jewish experience – the best antidote to bigotry and intolerance. Small groups of Jewish teens give presentations to their peers in local private and public school classrooms, fostering understanding and encouraging conversation and exploration.
Student to Student:
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022-2023 STUDENT TO STUDENT COHORT ARE NOW OPEN!
Interesting in joining Student to Student?
Know a great student to nominate?
Please fill out the appropriate form below:
Nominate a rising high school junior or senior for the 2022-2023 Cohort
(including nominated students)
For more information contact Lisa Armony, Director, Rose Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What people are saying about Student to Student:
“It is through programs such as this that jour communities learn to understand each other so that we can live in mutual respect and peace.” – Student to Student Participating Teacher
“I always leave presentations with an incredible sense of accomplishment, realizing that through this program, I really could change some of the problems in the world today.” – Student to Student Presenter
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for the Student to Student?
Jewish students attending school in Orange County who will be in grades 11 or 12 during the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to apply. Students do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish organization, congregation or denomination.
How much time is required for this program?
This program makes a big impact with a minimal time commitment from student participants. Students will meet for a one-day orientation session in late summer and a mid-year check-in meeting in the winter. Students can expect to give two or three presentations during the school year.
How many students can participate in the program this year?
We are seeking to form a cohort of 16 students. Ideally students in our cohort will represent a diversity of religious denominations and affilliations.
Who gives the presentations?
Each presentation is given by a group of three or four students. Each group ideally includes students involved with the Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches of Judaism.
Where are presentations given?
STS participants make presentations in public and private high schools in classes that focus on world history, literature classes, and world religions.
What do presentations consist of?
Presenters discuss a range of topics, including any or all of the following:
Groups bring a variety of “props” into the classroom that help make their presentations come alive for their peers, including challah, a shofar, Shabbat candlesticks, personal pieces of Judaica and more. The group encourages their fellow students to ask questions. The subsequent discussions are a vital element of the program.
How do students prepare for presentations?
Students will meet for an orientation session in late summer. Materials will be provided and support given to help the students prepare. Because so much of these presentations reflect students’ personal experiences, they will come into the program with much of the expertise they need to give effective presentations.
How many presentations do students give?
Each group can expect to give presentations at two or three school sites in this inaugural year.
When do presentations take place?
Presentations take place during the school day. Students are provided with letters for their school to excuse their absence. Our staff will coordinate transportation to and from the schools we visit with the student presenters.
About Student to Student: Student to Student began as a local peer-to-peer program developed in 1992 by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis. Through a grant from the Natan Fund, the program has been scaled nationally. It is now active in nearly a dozen communities and reaches thousands of students each year. The Rose Project is delighted to establish the first Student to Student program in California.
This program is partially funded by grant from the American Jewish Committee, Orange County Chapter and the JCRC of St. Louis.
In the Media
Tribe Tribune: Teens Teach Students about Judaism
In Their Words: STS Activists
Tribe Tribune: Antisemitism is not Funny