Young Leadership Program

How the program works

This cohort-based course will provide Jewish adults (ages 24+) with the opportunities to grow their leadership skills through a unique blend of a curated curriculum, hands-on experiential learning, mentorship, and high-access professional networking. This program trains participants in understanding our Jewish community, the contemporary challenges we face, and how to lead and make a positive impact through philanthropy and non-profit board service across Jewish Edmonton. This course will prepare Jewish Edmontonians to take on a leadership role within the Federation or other Jewish community organizations. 


At the end of the course, students will be placed in a hands-on six-month residency program where they will learn from a mentor and apply the skills developed in a practicum designed to give them real experience in community leadership. 


Each session will be led by a Jewish community member with knowledge and expertise on the subject, providing for a networking opportunity. When applicable, outside experts will be invited to speak and/or facilitate. 


Participants will conclude the sessions with the theoretical, historical, and practical knowledge to actively participate as leaders in Jewish community organizations. 


Participants are paired with a mentor, a seasoned member of a Jewish nonprofit board or committee, to help them shape their ideas, grapple with hard questions, and learn how to align their personal, professional and volunteer goals. 


The residency program begins in fall 2024. Participants will be placed on a Federation committee or a Jewish community nonprofit board/committee. What participants learn while observing will help them better understand how these organizations function and how to best serve them.


Meals served during this program will adhere to the Kashrut levels of the facility (Chabad, Beth Israel, Beth Shalom, Jewish Seniors Citizen's Centre). Catered meals will be kosher. Anyone requiring food with a kosher seal can request a sealed meal. 


This program is made possible by "Building a Better Future for All" which is funded by the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations. The Government of Canada is delivering the Community Services Recovery Fund through three National Funders – Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada.


Selected applicants will be invited to interview on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until January 15, 2024. 


  • Lives in Edmonton and intends to stay in Edmonton
  • Identifies as Jewish
  • United Jewish Appeal (UJA) donor
  • Active member of the Jewish community, preference will be given to people already in volunteer roles with Jewish Institutions
  • Commitment to serve on a board under a mentor for six months post-program
  • Commitment to serve as a mentor or facilitator in sessions for future cohorts
  • Full attendance is expected, participants cannot miss more than two sessions throughout the program duration
  • Fee: $100 fee, plus minimum donation of $54 to UJA 2023-2024 campaign


  • Putting values into action for the community
  • Meet industry experts 
  • Grow your personal and professional network
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Qualify for a future highly subsidized trip for young leaders to Israel