Social justice and youth We create meaningful social action opportunities for people of all ages and interests. From congregation- and community-based organizing to advocacy and service travel in North America, Israel, and around the world, we are committed to supporting young Jews in healing the world. In the last year, by expanding program offerings and incorporating a focus on global issues with service opportunities, we increased enrollment in Mitzvah Corps—our teen travel and hands-on service program—by 25%. For more than a quarter of Mitzvah Corps participants, their 2015 experience in the program marked their first Jewish summer experience. We worked with NFTY, our youth movement, to reduce gun violence, successfully persuading President Obama to call for “smart gun” technology. And in 2015 more than 2,000 school students and chaperones came to the U.S. capitol for the Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken seminars, exploring the sacred bond between Judaism and social justice, and meeting with their elected officials. Our children have had the opportunity to address weighty issues with considered responses, and grapple with the realities involved with making change in an imperfect world. We couldn’t have asked for a more eye-opening experience.Perhaps most importantly, they were introduced to peers from around the country and young leaders at the RAC who are passionately engaged in their work promoting justice in the world. The Rabbinic Seminar was an amazing experience that gave me a refined spirit and hunger for being the social justice activist our tradition demands. 20