ECYP's 3-Step Process


ECYP focuses on preparing students in Maryland's 7th congressional district to serve as open-minded leaders with the skills, community ties, and global exposure critical to success in a diverse society. All programming is influenced by the longstanding relationship between Congressman Cummings and the Baltimore Jewish Council. 



Each fellow begins the program as a junior in high school and must go through the program's two year, three step process:

1. Leadership Development

2. The Israel Experience (summer between junior and senior year)

3. Community Service

Step 3: 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.


Sample speaking venues include the W.E.B. DuBois Circle, the Congressional Black Caucus, 100 Black Men of America, the Hispanic Youth Institute Diversity Day, and the Jewish Teen Leadership Council. Fellows also engage dozens of church and synagogue congregations.


Service, Mentoring and Team-building


ECYP's chief community service partner is KIPP Ujima Village Academy. ECYP Fellows currently mentor eighth grade students at KIPP once per month to build bonds and study.


The group takes quarterly team-building field-trips. Fellows may also work on community service projects with partners such as Habitat for Humanity and Art with a Heart.

ECYP played such a central role in the formulation of my world view. It was the perfect exposure at the right time in my life.

-Victor Blackwell, ’98