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Wexner Service Corps

A Year-Long Service-Learning Program for High School Students

Wexner Service Corps

A Year-Long Service-Learning Program for High School Students

The application for 2019-2020 will open in mid-January. 

 

The Wexner Service Corps (WSC) is a year-long Jewish service-learning program for high school juniors and seniors in Columbus, Ohio. WSC, created with inspiration from Hannah Wexner, is designed to educate and unite Jewish teens through community service and connecting to their shared Jewish texts and tradition. Each year, WSC accepts 40 students from a diverse cross-section of the Jewish community. WSC participants attend a week-long service trip, followed by monthly service projects in the Columbus community. Previous cohorts traveled to New York, New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and most recently to Houston to repair Hurricane Harvey-ravaged homes. 

Additional volunteering opportunities could include coordinating with local organizations on disaster relief, working with children from low-income backgrounds, building and maintaining community gardens, cooking and preparing food for soup kitchens, and running programs for adults with developmental disabilities. During both the service trip and the year-round component, WSC members study Jewish texts and contemporary sources, discuss issues related to social justice and community service and participate in experiential learning activities.

Applications will be open in early January 2019 for students currently in 10th and 11th grade (those going into 11th and 12th grades in the 2019-2020 academic year) to apply for participation in the WSC, beginning with a trip to Detroit in June of 2019, followed by year-round service in Columbus.  

Through the generosity of Leslie and Abigail Wexner and The Wexner Foundation, all expenses will be paid. 

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rabbi Michael Emerson.


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