Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program

Bruce Adams, Founder  
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                                     If you missed the  2015 Program Orientation Session, go to the Lazarus Video to view the presentation

2015 Program Application Deadline is 5 p.m. January 9, 2015 


2014 Lazarus Fellows Visit A Wider Circle 


Lazarus Leaders 2014  


The eighteenth class of Lazarus Leadership Fellows kicked off with a visit to A Wider Circle on February 9. Since 1997, Lazarus Fellows at B-CC High School have completed more than 46,000 hours of community service. In addition to volunteering at A Wider Circle, the 17 Lazarus Fellows this 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 will participate in a ropes course, help the KID Museum design a children's museum, and visit Honest Tea, Strathmore, Bethesda Magazine, Bethesda Urban Partnership, B-CC Rescue Squad, and the National Center for Children and Families. This summer, each Lazarus Fellow will carry out a 200 hour community service project that the Fellow designed. Also this summer, the Fellows will tour the Newseum and the Capitol and meet with Congressman Chris Van Hollen. The Lazarus Fellows will volunteer to support the 9/11 Unity Walk on September 7 before participating in a graduation ceremony at the Strathmore Mansion later in September. 


The Lazarus program is supported by a grant from The Julius and Dorothy Lazarus Foundation with Fellowship sponsors including B-CC High School Educational Foundation, Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation, Bethesda Magazine, B-CC Rotary Foundation, EuroMotorcars, Lerch, Early, and Brewer, Chtd., Miller & Long Co., Inc., and The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation. 


Photographed with Susan Humphrey, volunteer coordinator of A Wider Circle, and executive director Mark Bergel are: (seated left from front) Ben Weinstein, Helena Hailu, and Hannah Barnett; (seated right from front) Lexi Hopkins, Jason Kohn, and Kurun Shah; (standing from left) Samuel Loebig, Alok Shetty, Oleg Pevzner, Claire Hagerty, Orlando Pinder, Ayele Ba, Noa Gur-Arie, Ed Will, Ben Nudelman, Adam Germaine, and Marieme Ba. All of this year's Fellows are students at B-CC High School. 


The Program   

Parents and guardians of sophomores and juniors should receive a brochure explaining the Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program by December 1 of each year. Over the past 16 years, students from B-CC and other local high schools have devoted more than 43,000 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-on 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 progam 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 sixteen 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 usually 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, Bethesda Magazine, EuroMotorcars, Lerch, Early and Brewer, Chtd., Miller & Long Co., Inc., and the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation.Contributors include: Jane and David Fairweather Foundation and Seth Goldman & Julie Farkas 


For additional information, please email Bruce Adams at