Featured Student Project
Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative
The Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative began in 2009, when Bard freshman Mujahed Sarsur decided to bring students to his village in Mas’ha, Palestine to create a children’s camp. The project, a Bard Trustee Leader Scholar Program, centered around community engagement and cultural understanding, now has grown to about 20 members. A decidedly apolitical initiative, the members visit Mas’ha every summer, where they have fostered enduring international relationships.
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About Student-Led Initiatives
The Trustee Leader Scholar Program, one of Bard's longest-running civic engagement programs, is the College’s undergraduate leadership development initiative. TLS serves as an outstanding model for student-inspired civic engagement, and is deeply rooted in the mission and outreach efforts of Bard College.
At the core of the TLS program is an unwavering belief in each student’s ability to take complete ownership of his or her own work. TLS provides opportunities for motivated students to develop their skills through the design and implementation of diverse projects. At any given time, TLS supports 25 to 30 student-led efforts through leadership workshops, guided reflections, program development, and administrative coordination. These student endeavors promote energetic involvement in campus life and cultivate Bard's relationships with local, national, and international communities.
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Challenges Addressed by the TLS Program
A hallmark of Bard College and the TLS program is the willingness to take risks and make a difference under difficult circumstances. VIEW MORE >>
TLS has broad support at Bard, reflecting the College’s mission to enhance student experience through civic engagement. VIEW MORE >>
Over the years TLS students have built schools in Africa and homes in Nicaragua; run summer camps; led arts workshops in Myanmar; created widely read publications that affect a growing immigrant population; and promoted tolerance in local high schools. VIEW MORE >>