Wexner Service Corps
A Year-Long Service-Learning Program for High School Students
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 about 30 students from a diverse cross-section of the Jewish community. In 2020, WSC members will participate in local monthly service learning events starting in September and then, if eligible, participate in a 5-day service trip to a location outside of Columbus in June 2021. Previous cohorts traveled to New York, New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and most recently to Houston to repair Hurricane Harvey-ravaged homes.
To kick off the WSC experience and start the year on a strong note, there will be a full-day, local orientation/kickoff event on August 23, 2020 for our Senior Leadership Cohort and August 30, 2020 for our Wexner Service Corps.
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 year-round component and service trip, WSC members study Jewish texts and contemporary sources, discuss issues related to social justice and community service and participate in experiential learning activities.
Applications for our 2020-2021 WSC Cohort will be open from March 2-March 25, 2020. To receive a notification when the application opens for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete this form.
Through the generosity of Leslie and Abigail Wexner and The Wexner Foundation, all expenses will be paid.
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