Video Activism Onward Israel Trip
Video Activism summer internship is an 8 week program where students from all over the world come to Israel for 7 weeks. Within the internship there are two tracks: Jewish Leadership and Advocacy Leadership. The Jewish leadership track will take the first two weeks and deepen their Jewish Identity involved in learning in Yeshiva or Seminary and the Advocacy Leadership track will spend the first two weeks interning for an Israel Advocacy organization. The 5 following weeks they will have a daily schedule that looks like this:
9 am - Breakfast
10 am - Jewish identity
11:30 am - Israel advocacy
12 pm - Marketing
1 pm - Lunch
2 pm - Movie production and workshops
4:30 pm - Free
6:30 pm - Dinner
The internship is all inclusive, the only real expense participant will have to pay for is launder and free time.
What is the mission and purpose of this program?
The Video Activism Mission is to create a community of empowered and knowledgeable video-advocates for Israel. Each video-advocate is inspired to develop and strengthen his/her connection to Israel and the Jewish people and to take responsibility for the Jewish state.
The overall breakdown of our program is above. Young people, particularly students are facing unprecedented levels of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. This negatively impacts upon their connection to Israel and their Jewish identity. The best response is to be positive, learn, create and tell a story. Video activism benefits our participants and anyone they come into contact with on social media.
Nearly 75% of college students experience anti-Semitism on campus in the United States and Canada (http://www.ibtimes.com/anti-semitism-campus-most-jewish-students-feel-discriminated-against-new-study-finds-2027557) In Europe anti-Semitism is far worse. Generally this anti-Semitism is in the guise of anti-Zionism. We are a program that strengthens Jewish pride and enables our participants to fight back.
Last year Video Activism took a major leap forward. We partnered with Onward Israel (Jewish Agency) becoming a 6-week fellowship program. We brought 14 college students from 4 countries on our trip to fight anti-Semitism, connect to the Jewish people and Israel. As to date Video Activism has has educated well over 500 young Jews and guided students to produce in excess of 600 videos. Many of our participants' videos have reached thousands of views on Youtube and Facebook; one student video reached over 100,000 views in less than a week. Some of our students have gone on to bigger and better things thanks to our training. For example, one created an Israel Advocacy organization on UCF called "Knights for Israel." Another landed a job making videos for CAMERA. A few have even ended up working for Video Activism itself, including full time video editors, madrichot and senior interns.
How do you measure the success of your program?
We measure our success in two broad categories. Firstly, the development of each participant. Secondly, by the quality and quantity of content they produce. In 2009, Video Activism began as a one day seminar, teaching hundreds of students. In 2013, we progressed to become a 3 week half-day internship, teaching students advanced video and Israel advocacy skills. In 2015, we partnered with the Jewish Agency to create a 6-week all inclusive fellowship in Israel for 14 international college students. Our program education included Israel advocacy, movie production, social media marketing, Jewish identity, trips and more. In 2016, with the help of Natan, we hope to have a 7-week all inclusive life experience for 30 international college students. We believe every year we are more and more successful. Thank you for your patience!