About the program

The 2022-2025 strategic plan of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton identified developing and growing a movement of the community’s next generation of leaders and board members as a top priority for the Jewish community. The Young Leadership Program was created to cultivate forward-thinking, highly effective, and philanthropic volunteer leaders for the Federation and our Edmonton Jewish community organizations. Now more than ever, we need a vibrant and diverse network of emerging leaders to help us solve the complex challenges facing the Edmonton Jewish community today and for the next 50 years.

Over eight months, 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. The program offers a unique opportunity to develop oneself as a leader and to put ones values into action in a leadership role for the Jewish community. Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate, and the course may be eligible for professional development credits. 

The Genesis Young Leadership Program (YLP) is for passionate individuals who:

  • Have already demonstrated leadership experience (professional, volunteer, or academic)
  • Are committed to learning about all facets of being a Jewish community leader (philanthropy, board and committee involvement, Jewish learning, etc.)
  • Want to deepen their understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Edmonton Jewish community 
  • Want to expand their personal and professional networks
  • Are between the ages of 24 -40
  • Live in Edmonton and intend to stay in Edmonton
  • Identify as Jewish
  • Is a United Jewish Appeal donor, having made a minimum donation of $54 in the 2023-2024 campaign
  • Have been an active member of Jewish community, preference will be given to people already in volunteer roles with Jewish institutions
  • Are committed to serving on a subcommittee or board under a mentor for six months post-program
  • Are committed to serving as a mentor or facilitator in sessions for future cohorts
  • Can attend the program fully (full attendance is expected, participants cannot miss more than two sessions throughout the program duration)
  • Can meet in-person for all program components, this course will take place in-person and hybrid/virtual attendance is not an option

Please note that alumni of our other Federation leadership programs are not eligible to apply.

Thank you for your interest in applying to YLP! 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. The program will begin with an opening retreat.

Accepted candidates will be required to submit a $100 program fee at the start of YLP.

Visit jewishedmonton.org to learn more and email [email protected] with any questions.

Applicant Information

We’re interested in your full background, skills, and accomplishments. Please upload a copy of your current resume.

How did you hear about this program?

If you heard about YLP from a Jewish organization, who was it?

Have you served on a non-profit board or committee?

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Free response questions

YLP is intended to facilitate the development of leaders for the Edmonton Jewish community. We are interested in getting to know you, and understanding how you see yourself as a leader in this space. Please answer the following free response questions in 250-300 words each.

Background information

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