J Street Education Fund, Inc.
November 14, 2009
My name is Aimee Mayer and I am one of the members of J Street U's National Student Board. I have been fortunate enough to work with J Street U since the very beginning. J Street U as an organization seeks to provide a strong new voice to the debate about Israel and the Middle East. Its inclusiveness and willingness to engage with people of a wide variety of backgrounds is incredible and refreshing.
As a board member, I have personally seen how student run it really is. All important decisions are completely based on student needs and student input. The policy statements and mission statement are written by the Student Board. It really is an organization for us and by us. Every student, not just the board, is asked to give feedback, suggestions, and policy input through a variety of means (conference calls, notecards or post-its during conferences, emails, etc).
On individual campuses, J Street U does fantastic work, and individual groups can count on the support and advise of J Street U staff in planning their events, trying to secure funding, and more. Events cover a wide range of topics. At the University of Maryland, where I am President of J Street U, we just ran an event called "Of War and Water" which discussed the water crisis in the Middle East, how climate change may exacerbate this, current cooperation efforts surrounding water amongst Israelis and Palestinians (as well as other countries in the region), and the outlook going forward. Earlier in the year, we had a Party for Peace, which in addition to great music and food, featured OneVoice activists from Israel and Palestine who spoke with students about their experiences and peace education and advocacy work in Israel and Palestine.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
changing the dynamics of the conversation about Israel both on the national level and at my campus specifically and in furthering the education of students surrounding issues of Middle East peace and security.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the energy and dedication of everyone involved.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, down-to-earth, and inspiring.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
engage thousands more students in this cause, train more student leaders, provide countless educational opportunities, run free or reduced rate trips to Israel and Palestine, and more!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & helped craft mission statements, policy statements, spoke on panels, planned campus events, spoke with the media.