What is PeerCorps?

PeerCorps is a year-long mentorship program inviting Jewish teens, b’nai mitzvah students and their families from all denominations to build deep relationships with one another and community-based work in Detroit.

Our Jewish Teen Mentors begin with a Gesher Week at the end of August. This immersive week of living, working and exploring together in Detroit provides an opportunity for the Mentors to develop self-awareness, mentorship skills, critical thinking, and to deepen their understanding of Tzedek through connecting Jewish values to learning about self and society.

B’nai Mitzvah Mentees begin with a Mentor-led Gesher Day experience. Over the course of the school year, Mentors work and learn alongside Mentees at designated service sites in Detroit. 

Each B’nai Mitzvah students' experience begins with a Gesher Day, or orientation, led by the Mentors and concludes with a reflection, called the Bereishit or ‘beginning.’