What Is The Peres Leadership Program

Overview

The Peres Leadership Program was established to teach and instill the traits, skills, and values that are common to successful leaders in all fields, including but not limited to: business, education, medicine, law, and government.

The program, an affiliate of the Palm Beach Synagogue, is informed both by moral values and the significant leadership experiences of the mentors. Participants in the program will join in an exchange of ideas that aims to spur moral growth and tolerance while sharpening focus on achieving personal goals concomitant with giving back to the community.

Program Goals

The program aims to mold potential future leaders in our community by targeting a diverse body of teenagers who volunteer in their local community, school, church, or synagogue. Students will understand their personal value and potential as leaders through Peres’s multi-dimensional program. Our written curriculum, successful mentor role-models, group exercises, and inspiring speakers give participants a broad perspective on leadership and success. This enables students to envision themselves as future leaders, giving them drive to pursue their goals towards success.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum, divided into six workshops, encompasses six essential values of successful leadership:

  • Vision
  • Empowerment
  • Innovation
  • Tolerance
  • Judgement
  • Implementation
  • Prior to each workshop, students receive a short booklet containing a curated collection of anecdotes, quotes, video links, and questions that prompt them to explore the value which will be discussed in the upcoming workshop.

    Every workshop features a guest speaker from the South Florida community who discusses his/her personal experience as a teenager and journey to leadership as it relates to the value explored in that workshop.

    After the guest speaker concludes the presentation, participants are divided into small groups. Each group is joined by a mentor, a local leader who volunteers their time to join the Peres Leadership Program. In the group, the mentor will augment that session’s topic through exploration of real life challenges faced by the mentor and students, continue discussion of the speaker’s presentation, and review the booklets that the students completed. The session then concludes with a brief introduction to the next topic.

    Each mentor will remain with their group throughout the six monthly sessions and be available to the participants between each session to continue the dialogue and offer guidance, circumstances allowing, if requested by the participant.
    Throughout the program students will be evaluated on their understanding and implementation of the values and skills discussed at each workshop. At the end of the six sessions, students will produce an essay and video on what they have gained and how they have grown from the Peres Leadership Program.

    Eligibility

    The program application is open to all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who aspire to be leaders in their community and meet the program criteria. To receive an application click here.

    Once an application is completed and received, the student will go through an interview process. Those accepted will receive a letter of acceptance into the program.

    Award System

    Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Based on performance throughout the course the Top Participant will be awarded a Certificate of Distinction. The Certificate of Distinction earns the top participant the opportunity to participate in a fully subsidized leadership training program in Israel.

    Upon request by the participant, the Program Director or personal mentor will write a letter of recommendation to the universities or colleges to which the participant may apply.