Featured Student Project
Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative
Every summer the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative runs summer camps in a small Palestinian village called Mas-ha. In 2010 the BPYI students also raised money for and helped build the first children’s library in the West Bank. In 2011 the BPYI received a Davis Peace Project grant and will soon build a playground in Mas-ha. The BPYI sponsors cultural exchange trips, and took the first formal group of Palestinians to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. The BPYI has worked closely with Bard’s home village of Red Hook, New York, and the town recently passed a resolution to become a Sister City with Mas-ha. MORE >>
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.
Click below to view common questions about the TLS program, its participants, and how it works.
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 >>