Next Generation Speakers Bureau Training Program

The Holocaust Center launched the Next Generation Speakers Bureau (NGSB) training program in 2018 to guarantee that storytelling remains a hallmark of Holocaust education long after survivors are no longer around to meet with and inspire students. The NGSB empowers the family members of Holocaust survivors to speak about their family’s history of the Holocaust and in so doing continue the legacy of Holocaust education through personal connection to the genocide.

Upon successful completion of a rigorous and engaging training program, the speakers join the William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau. As members of the Speakers Bureau, they teach students and adults in classrooms, religious institutions, and community venues about the Holocaust through the lens of their relatives and their personal connection to the genocide.

We are currently accepting applications for the second NGSB cohort. We are seeking individuals who have a passion to share their family Holocaust story, have a good grasp of that narrative, and are comfortable speaking to large groups, particularly middle school and high school students. We hope to foster a variety of Holocaust narratives—for example, Kindertransport survivors, refugees, camp survivors, etc.—and as we develop this program, we will seek out geographically and historically diverse narratives.

Training Overview:

  • Applications, due September 1, 2018
  • Interviews, October to November 2018
  • Storytelling Workshop, January 2019
  • One-on-one meetings with Public Speaking Coach, February – March 2019
  • Presentation Workshop, April 2019

Given the great interest in volunteering for this program, we are unable to accept all those who apply at this time. To apply please complete a Next Generation Speakers Bureau application. For more information, please contact Alexis Herr, Associate Director, at AlexisH@jfcs.org.

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