A Contra Costa Midrasha Program
For Leaders In The Making
The question is simple: What issues do you care about? And more importantly, are you prepared to advocate for them and make a change?
For most teens, the answer to this is "no". That's where Impact Builder comes in: An opportunity for 8th-12th graders to gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to advocate for issues they care about.
But the process doesn't stop there: With your new set of change-making skills, you'll put them into action by going out into the community and take steps to make a true difference.
Identify The Cause
The three social issues teens can choose from are Poverty, Environment, or Elder Communities. Each has a unique curriculum designed to deepen teens' knowledge of these issues and set them up to make a difference.
Gain Advocacy & Service Skills
With your fellow Impact Builders and the program facilitators, teens will learn how to talk about specific causes and take concrete action to make difference.
Take Action In The Community
Impact Builders don't just learn; they do. Get ready to connect with real organizations in the area and partner with them to make a bigger difference together.
The Capstone Service-Learning Trip
The program includes a day of advocacy trip to Sacramento in Spring 2024 so that teens have the opportunity to deeply immerse themselves in change-making as it's lived on the ground.
"Impact Builder allowed me to advocate for issues I care deeply for, but also taught me such important skills. From public speaking to how to do proper research, these skills helped me in my academic career. As far as the advocating went, it was extremely changing. I had always had a passion for mental health, but being able to do something for it was so rewarding. I definitely loved the program, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing experience, that also looks amazing on college apps!"
Ezrach allowed me to advocate for issues I care deeply for, but also taught me such important skills. From public speaking to how to do proper research, these skills helped me in my academic career. As far as the advocating went, it was extremely changing. I had always had a passion for mental health, but being able to do something for it was so rewarding. I definetly loved Ezrach, and recommend it for anyone looking foran amazing expierence, that also looks amazing on college apps!
2 Meetings Per Month
Once in person on Sundays and once on Zoom
For 8th-12th Graders
So that everyone has the opportunity to gain foundational skills to become lifelong leaders
Program meetings for Impact Builder in 2023-24 are Sept. 23, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 17, Jan. 14-15, Feb. 18, Mar. 10, April 1-4 (Spring Break Trip) and May 5. The Advocacy Day in Sacramento is TBD based on teens' availability.
The program costs $360 not including the service trip. Please apply regardless of your financial situation. Scholarships are available.