Apply for Cultural Leadership's High School Program

Application Period for Class 15 is OPEN!

The application period for Class 15 is open! You can apply digitally by clicking here and using this online form.


Or, you can download the .pdf version of the application to fill it out by hand. The application must either be scanned/emailed to, or mailed to our office.


If you have not already, please read through the program overview and FAQs to better understand the application process, commitment, and eligibility for the program. Of course, contact us at any time with any questions.


Here is the link to download the Recommendation Forms to be distributed to those individuals writing students letters of recommendation.


Applications are due April 15, 2019 to be preferred applicants. Extended deadline is May 1, 2019.


Recommendation letters are due no later than April 20, 2019 for preferred applicants. Extended applicant recommendation letters are due May 1, 2019.


We will notify students who meet the preferred deadline no later than Friday, April 26, 2019 if they have been selected for an interview.

Applicants who meet the extended deadline will be notified May 3, 3019 if they have been selected for an interview. 


Applicants will be interviewed on Sunday, May 5, 2019, location TBA, between 2:00-5:00pm.


We will mail decision letters the week of MAY 20, 2019.

Eligibility & Qualifications

Student Recruitment and Selection

Cultural Leadership sends applications to more than 100 high schools and houses of worship in the St. Louis area in search of competitive applicants. We welcome applications from students of any race, religion, or background who are interested in learning how to become social justice advocates.

In our inception, Cultural Leadership was a program dedicated to rekindling the historic alliance between African Americans and Jews. We have since expanded on that mission, and now train high-school students from diverse backgrounds to create a more just and equitable community through the African American and Jewish lens. We see the history of these two groups as an excellent foundation for understanding the effects of oppression and privilege, and for learning how to fight social injustice. Our curriculum continues to focus on the African American and Jewish experience and the majority of our students identify with one or both of these groups.

To apply, one must:

  • be curious and interested in “changing the world;"
  • have demonstrated a sense of responsibility, leadership potential, and curiosity;
  • currently be a freshman or sophomore in high school and live in the St. Louis region (students will be in Cultural Leadership during their sophomore or junior year of high school);
  • be Black and/or of African descent and voluntarily identify as an African-American;
  • be Jewish, belong to a synagogue, and identify voluntarily as a Jew;
  • not be Black or Jewish, but interested in learning about and being with both groups and interested in learning how to bring about social change;
  • agree to the tremendous commitment that we require of our students;
  • be open to a life-changing experience.

Only completed applications with two recommendations are read by the Recruitment - Selection Committee. This committee chooses the finalists and interviews students personally.

Information and Recruitment Sessions

Class 14 will host a "Courageous Conversations" event on April 6, 2019 that is a great opportunity to meet current students and get a taste of what they learn throughout the year. Register here and join us!

Information sessions will be held at the following locations: 

  • University City High School: 2/26, 6:30pm
  • Jennings High School: 2/27, 6:00pm
  • Metro High School: 2/28, 6:00pm
  • Central Reform Congregation: 3/12, 6:30pm
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis: 3/20, 6:30pm