Melbourne’s latest crop of leaders

The 2016 Diller Teen graduates.

TWELVE months of hard work has paid off for the 2016 graduates of the Diller Teen Fellows program.

The graduates had the opportunity to present the projects they had been working on last year in front of community leaders, entrepreneurs and social activists.

The Melbourne Diller Teen Fellows developed projects ranging from fundraisers to support post-traumatic stress disorder-affected Israeli soldiers to arranging a meeting with Indigenous teens.

The Diller Teen Fellows program was founded in 1997 and was brought to Australia for the first time last year.

The program aims to upskill Jewish leaders of the future and give them the tools and mentorship to truly make a difference.

Diller Teen Fellow coordinator Ellie Golvan said: “The progression of the Diller Teen Fellows Programming, which has been tried and tested over the past 20 years, gives the fellows the framework to test their skills throughout the year.”

Golvan said the experience is invaluable for the fellows.

“We are giving them experience in organisational leadership, preparing them properly for the challenge of planning and implementing a community impact project.”

One of the community leaders at the function,  Stand Up chief executive officer Gary Samowitz, said: “We should be very proud of what these young people have achieved.” 

During 2016, the fellows planned and ran a Shabbaton and visited Israel to meet up with fellows from around the world to participate in a global seminar.

The Diller Teen Fellowship program takes place in many countries.

Despite the program being an Australian first, the program holds more than 3000 alumni across the globe.

For further information contact Ellie Golvan at [email protected].

DANIEL SHANDLER