Mourning the loss of ECYP Founder Congressman Elijah Cummings:

October 17, 2019

Today we grieve the loss of our founder, great leader and friend Congressman Elijah Cummings. He was a champion of the city he loved and was a faithful leader for our state and nation. More than 20 years ago, Congressman Cummings joined with Jewish and African-American leaders and the Baltimore Jewish Council to create the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel (ECYP), a non-profit organization that prepares high school students in Maryland’s 7th district to become future leaders. Through the program, he touched the lives of many young people. The Congressman would regularly remind us that “our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see.” His work consistently reflected that belief. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work so closely with Congressman Cummings on this initiative, and vow to ensure that ECYP continues in his memory.

We extend our deepest condolences to all of the family, friends and colleagues of Congressman Cummings. Our community lost a leader this morning. May his memory be a blessing.

The Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel is an elite two-year leadership fellowship for high school students in Baltimore.  

Our Fellows lead their generation by gaining first-hand cross-cultural knowledge and skill. Our efforts are infused with the desire to further historic African-American and Jewish bonds. 



"Israel changed my eye-opening, inspirational, and physically-demanding journey that I am truly grateful to have had."
- Keyanna Murrill, Class of 1998

Our Three-Step Leadership Approach

We envision a world guided by ambassadors of cross-cultural relations who demand high expectations of themselves and work for a better tomorrow.

Leadership Program

Hands-on leadership enhancement workshops after school and during the summer. Fellows build life management skills, global awareness, and social/political activism skills.

Israel Journey

After the first year of ECYP, Cummings' Fellows travel to Israel over the summer for one month. Fellows are paired with Israeli teens of African and European ancestry.

Community Service

Upon returning from Israel, Fellows put their leadership skills to the test. Fellows speak in their communities about the importance of diversity and mentor middle school students.

Over 200 accomplished alumni!