Building Bridges Between Baltimore and Yemin Orde
Yemin Orde Youth Village welcomes Baltimore teens visiting Israel as participants of this year’s Elijah Cummings Youth Program (ECYP). ECYP Fellows inspire their generation by gaining first-hand cross-cultural knowledge and skills. Also, the program aims to break stereotypes, build friendships and strengthen the bonds between African-American teenagers and their Jewish counterparts in Israel.
The ECYP is a two-year leadership fellowship for students entering their senior year of high school in Baltimore’s 7th Congressional district. The program was created in 1998 as a joint effort between U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, who represents the 7th Congressional district, and the Baltimore Jewish Council.
Activities that build friendships and understanding
Over a three-week period with their counterparts from Yemin Orde, Baltimore teens take part in a variety of leadership and learning activities designed to build international cooperation and friendship. Other collaborative activities include:
• visit Israeli families
• live at Yemin Orde Youth Village to make friends and learn about the lives of its youth
• attend briefings and seminars on the history, politics and culture of Israel
• tour throughout Israel with youth from Yemin Orde
Importantly, the ECYP is one of the special outreach leadership programs at Yemin Orde. In addition, ECYP helps our youth take pride in their Israeli nationality and connects them deeper to Israel.