Junior Literacy Leaders

Wise Readers to Leaders engages nearly 150 Jewish teens each summer as teaching assistants. These Junior Literacy Leaders (JLLs) provide help in the classroom and lead camp-style enrichment activities in the afternoon! JLLs can also volunteer year-round to be a Remote Reader and Mentor.  Apply here!

A perfect opportunity for high school age teens (10th grade and older) to be involved in a summer internship where they can really make a difference in the lives of under-privileged children. JLLs assist our Literacy Leaders (college-age teachers) in the classrooms as well as with the overall program, helping with reading time, assisting with afternoon camp-like activities, etc. This is an opportunity for our youth to see their actions are truly the work of Tikkun Olam that comes deeply from within one’s Jewish soul. They will have the capacity to change lives for the better – forever! Spaces are limited. 

The JLL program is part of the L.A. Jewish Teen Initiative, co-funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Program partners include UpStart, Etzah, an Initiative of the AJU Graduate Center for Education, and BJE Impact.

The JLL program is part of the L.A. Jewish Teen Initiative, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and  the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles as a Cutting Edge Grant winner. 

This upcoming summer we are so excited to invite many of our former scholars to become JLLs for our program! If you are a former scholar or have a sibling who is a scholar at our program and want to be a JLL this summer, please reach out to wisereaderstoleaders@wisela.org for more information!

Summer 2020 will run from June 22nd to July 31st! Mandatory new JLL training is on June 18th and mandatory all JLL training is on June 19th!

Please submit your application by February 28th, 2020 in order to get first priority in selecting your site placement, age level, weeks you will volunteer, and friends you are placed with.

To be considered for a position, each applicant that is new to the program must participate in an interview. After you apply we will reach out to you to schedule an interview. Interviews will begin in February (Returning JLLs do not need to interview again).

More information about application deadlines and requirements is available in the application linked below.

Apply to be a JLL for Summer 2020

We recruit teens from all over Los Angeles and are looking for students who are: 

  • Able to commit to at least 2 weeks of our summer program, 5 days a week, from 8 am – 3pm

  • Excited to teach 

  • Rising 10th graders or older 

  • Willing to Learn

  • Passionate about working with kids

  • Energetic 

  • Enthusiastic 

  • Patient 

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