Leadership 365

Step In and Start Leading

Leadership 365 is a cohort-based leadership development program for young adults, ages 21-40 in the Bay Area. The program fosters young, passionate, emerging leaders to step into volunteer roles across our community.

Over the course of 6 months, participants advance their leadership skills, deepen their knowledge of the Bay Area Jewish community, build relationships with their peers, and put their learning into action. The program concludes with a capstone experience where participants pursue independent, personally meaningful projects with support from Federation staff.

Individual sessions focus on:

  • Growing public speaking and storytelling abilities
  • Learning the ins and outs of grantmaking
  • Exploring issues that motivate you, and how that connects to Jewish leadership
  • Meeting with accomplished community leaders to hear about their leadership journeys
  • Site visits to various Federation community partners, like Urban Adamah, to experience how non-traditional approaches are attracting more people to participate in Jewish life

Who is eligible? 

Leadership 365 is open to all young Jewish adults in the Bay Area. Participants are passionate about building Jewish community and are excited about making an impact as a volunteer leader. No past board experience, affiliation with the Federation, or threshold of Jewish experience is necessary.

We take pride in the fact that Leadership 365 reflects the diversity of our community, and includes people from varying professional backgrounds, political orientations, career stages, aspirations for Jewish leadership, and affiliations in the community.

How do I apply?

The application for the 2019 cohort of Leadership 365 will be open from November 1 – December 7. Apply Now 

The time commitment:

Approximately 20 young Jewish adults who are passionate about making an impact and growing as community leaders meet one evening per month for 6 months (from January – July) with additional time for capstone projects in the final months, extending into the summer.

Most meetings take place at the Federation, with some being off-site.

Success stories:

The 2018 cohort participants have moved on to serve in formal leadership capacities with many of communal organizations including:

Read about one participant's experience in the Leadership 365 2018 cohort here.

"Leadership 365 played a critical role in helping me understand the Federation’s impact at a local and global scale as well as learn from professionals and lay leaders. Through the program, I found a launching pad for my own lay leadership path."

~ Hannah, member of Leadership 365 2018 cohort

"I applied to Leadership 365 to connect with my local jewish community, learn about the federation, cultivate leadership, and connect with a cohort of like-minded peers- since I know some of the best work happens with collaboration. Leadership 365 provided me with that, and much more! As I continue to grow as a leader in the community, I feel grateful for the tools that Leadership 365 provided to help me feel successful and connected in my Jewish roots."

~ Sarah, member of Leadership 365 2018 cohort

"Leadership 365 helped me become more involved in the Bay area Jewish community and gave me an opportunity to learn about leadership and community building outlets within federation and its partnership organizations. This program expanded my Jewish social network in the Bay area and increased my participation and planning efforts in Jewish events."

~ Rachel, member of Leadership 365 2018 cohort 

"Leadership 365 was a great opportunity to meet new people in the community who express a similar interest in taking on a more active leadership role. The programming was very thoughtful, and I always looked forward to coming together with the group."

~ Aly, member of Leadership 365 2018 cohort

"I found Leadership 365 to be educational, and filled with content and experiences. During the program, I was given opportunities to work with a public speaking coach, learn about grants, attend a mini retreat at Urban Amadah, and meet likeminded young adults who were passionate about leading and learning. Thank you to the Federation for putting on this program!"

~ Anna, member of Leadership 365 2018 cohort


For more information, please contact:
Dona Standel
Director of Leadership Development