PALM BEACH SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM TO OFFER COLLEGE CREDIT
The Peres Leadership Program will now offer college credit through a partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic University.
The program, an affiliate of Palm Beach Synagogue, is in its third year of mentoring high school students in Palm Beach County who show leadership potential, said Sarah Dworcan, program director for the synagogue.
“The program grew out of the synagogue wanting to do something good. Now, it’s grown into its own entity,” she said.
Last year, PBAU evaluated the program, analyzing its curriculum and conducting surveys. What this means for students is they can now gain college credit while building relationships with mentors and completing the program’s eight pillars of leadership.
One such mentor is Stephen Lapidus, who also serves as enrollment director for the program.
Like most mentors, Lapidus strives to build relationships with students, teaching them to utilize the vast experience of each mentor, all of whom have found success in their fields.
“This isn’t just stuff on a worksheet,” Lapidus likes to say to his students, “We’ve lived it.”
While the program remains free for students, each credit will cost around $399. Scholarships will be available based on need.
Even though the program does offer prizes to top students, Dworcan said that for all participants, including mentors, the program itself is the greatest prize.
“We’re just the catalyst to something greater,” she said.
Registration is open until Sept. 7. Go to peresleadership.org to apply.
The synagogue is at 120 N. County Road. Call 832-9002 Ext. 4, or visit palmbeachsynagogue.com.