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J Street Education Fund, Inc.
November 15, 2009

As a board member of the J Street U program, I can say that the brand new organization is very exciting and has tremendous potential for creating change. I began working with J Street U staff and resources when it was not J Street U yet, but the UPZ--a similar organization which provided resources and networking to campus groups advocating for Middle East peace. Through the UPZ, I brought to my campus excellent speakers from all over the country, as well as from Israel and the West Bank and Gaza. I also was able to include my campus in the national "We Can't Wait" (for Middle East peace) campaign, which was very successful. When the UPZ became the campus branch of J Street, it brought along all its resources, connections, and established campus groups. Combined with the existing breadth and growing influence of J Street, J Street U has been able to provide even more for students who want to both educate and advocate autonomously on their individual campuses AND be part of a broader movement to create real change. So far, J Street U has been a huge success, with more resources and campus groups than when it was the UPZ...and with excellent guidance and encouragement from J Street. J Street U is still in the process of defining itself as both a part of J Street and a student-led movement, but again, J Street is providing the guidance and encouragement we need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

shaping the way I relate to the Middle East and to the US. learning how to organize for a cause I believe in.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the confidence and skills it has helped me build

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely encouraging, helpful, and honest.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change American foreign policy towards the Middle East.

Ways to make it better...

going in, I had known more about the internal workings of the organization and its relationship with J Street.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the controversial and cruel nature of the media game.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I co-founded a group on my campus which is connected to J Street U. We receive speakers, campaign materials, and guidance from J Street U. For several months, I have also been a board member of J Street U. My role entails helping with J Street U programmi.