Alumni Fellowship Program

The Alumni Fellowship Program is a training and leadership program dedicated to Building Bridges Middle East alumni. With facilitation from Building Bridges staff, alumni learn, practice and implement Building Bridges skills, values, and mission in their own local communities. The program is designed to help alumni grow professionally and become more effective agents of change in their communities. Additionally, the fellowship creates opportunities for alumni to use their knowledge and expertise in their own fields to reach new communities and affect local change through local programming and organizational work.

The Alumni Fellowship is an entire year long, where programming is divided into 2 different “tracks”:

Track 1 focused on program development, where alumni design and run programs in a wide variety of local communities using the Building Bridges model.

Track 2 focused on organizational development and capacity building, in order to provide a base for increased involvement in the strategic growth and development of the organization.

In the summer of 2015, Building Bridges Jerusalem kicked off its first Alumni Fellowship with 15 alumni. After an intensive 10-day training in Tochni, Cyprus, participants returned to their communities to run local programs and help build regional capacity. By the end of the program, which was concluded in June 2016, our alumni have been able to successfully conduct 5 different programs in Rahat, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Bir al-Maksur, and Sakhnin, as well as create three committees: Resource Development, Visibility, and Alumni Relations, to reimagine, redirect, and reinvigorate existing resources for the organization.