Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program

Bruce Adams, Founder  
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2016 Program Orientation Session

11-11:35 a.m., Choral Room

Thursday, December 10, 2015


2016 Program Application Deadline, Friday, January 8, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.

Lazarus Fellows 2015   


The twentieth class of Lazarus Leadership Fellows kicked off with a visit to A Wider Circle on Sunday, February 21. Since 1997, Lazarus Fellows at B-CC High School have completed more than 52,000 hours of community service. In addition to volunteering at A Wider Circle, the 15 Lazarus Fellows each Spring will work to restore a former Germantown farm as a living museum to teach the story of the lives of slaves in pre-Civil War Montgomery County. They participate in a ropes course, and visit  the KID Museum, Honest Tea, Strathmore, Bethesda Magazine, Bethesda Urban Partnership, B-CC Rescue Squad, and the National Center for Children and Families. In the summer, each Lazarus Fellow will carry out a 200 hour community service project that the Fellow designs. Also in the summer, the Fellows tour the Capitol, meet with Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and attend a Nationals game.  After a reflection session in early September, there is a graduation ceremony at the Strathmore Mansion.


The Program


Parents and guardians of sophomores and juniors should receive a brochure explaining the Lazarus Leadership Fellow Program by December 1 of each year.  Over the past 19 years, students from B-CC and other local high schools have devoted more than 52,000 hours to serving our community through the Lazarus program.  Led by former B-CC parent, Bruce Adams, the program gives students an opportunity to learn hands-0n leadership skills. The Lazarus program was honored by the B-CC High School Educational Foundation in 2010.  In 2011, Bruce received the Distinguished Service to Public Education Award from the Montgomery County Board of Education in recognition of 25 years teaching leadership seminars to County high school students. 


The success of the past years proves that young people can make a difference in the lives of others. Program Founder, Bruce Adams, welcomes the new Fellows to the program by telling them: "I know that students can be tremendous leaders and can accomplish amazing things because I have seen it happen over and over again during the first nineteen years of the Lazarus program."  Every year at the graduation ceremony the Fellows speak of how surprised, proud, and pleased they are at what they have accomplished. All previous groups of Lazarus Fellows and their parents tell us it was a life-changing experience.

 During the spring, each Fellow designs a 200-hour community service program that he or she will implement over the summer. The program must be something that otherwise would not happen without the initiative of the student.  Students who complete the program may opt to receive either a stipend of $750 or 200 hours of community service learning credit.  All students will receive $250 to cover meals, transportation, and supplies over the summer. 

Bruce Adams visits B-CC each late November or early December for an informational meeting during the lunch break for students.  Applications are then available in the Counseling office and are due in January right after the winter break.

The principal funder of the program is The Julius and Dorothy Lazarus Foundation.  Additional sponsors include: B-CC High School Educational Foundation, Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Foundation, Lerch, Early and Brewer, Chtd., Miller & Long Co., Inc., The Robert O. Scholtz Foundation, and the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, Contributors include: Carole and Nick Brand.


For additional information, please email Bruce Adams at