The Application Process for the 2015-2016 Glass Year is now open!
To apply, please fill out the below form.  If you have any questions about the application or the Glass Leadership Institute, please call 805-564-6670 or email

The Mission
The Glass Leadership Institute was founded to energize a new generation of committed activists to dedicate themselves to ADL’s vital mission. The Santa Barbara/Tri Counties Region, along with more than 20 other ADL regions, will offer the program this year, creating a nation-wide network of young, dynamic leadership. The Mission of the Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) is to provide broad exposure to ADL’s programs and resources and to create a cadre of young professionals who will take on regional and national leadership positions within the League. Participants gain first-hand exposure to ADL’s activities and interests including:

  • Combating Hate
  • Bigotry & Prejudice
  • Fighting Anti-Semitism
  • Israel and International Affairs
  • Defending Civil Rights
  • Protecting Religious Freedom
  • Ensuring the Separation of Church and State
  • Teaching Diversity and Cultural Understanding

Who are Glass Leadership Institute Participants?
The Glass Leadership Institute consists of a specially selected group of individuals between the ages of 25-40 who are interested in learning about ADL’s mission “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people… to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”

Glass participants are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership qualities in the Jewish and general communities, as well as their interest in and commitment to social and political justice. Glass leaders are expected to attend nearly all monthly meetings as well as the annual Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Glass Leadership Institute participants should…

1. Regularly attend each of nine monthly meetings in the Glass programmatic year: Monthly meetings serve as a vehicle to educate participants on the full range of issues and programming on the ADL agenda.  Meetings will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at the Santa Barbara ADL office – locations may change and participants will be kept up to date.

2. Be willing to attend ADL’s National Leadership Conference (May 15th-17th): GLI participants from all over the country attend the National Conference in Washington D.C. (with conference and hotel costs covered by ADL for participants who have attended the minimum number of sessions throughout the year). The conference convenes Board members, GLI participants, and staff from ADL’s regional offices for three days of workshops, meetings and lobbying on Capitol Hill.

3. Consider making a donation upon graduation from the program: The ADL asks participants to make a suggested minimum contribution of $250  to the Anti-Defamation League.  We do not want this suggested contribution to be a deterrent to your participation. As you reflect on your GLI experience and the ongoing work of the ADL, we ask you give whatever amount is appropriate for you.

2015-2016 GLI Meeting Dates & Guest Speakers:

November 16th – Meet Your New GLI Classmates!
December 14th – Stacy Burdett, Director of Government & National Affairs
January 11th – Michelle Deutchman, Civil Rights Area Council
February 15th – Kenny Jacobson, Deputy National Director
March 14th – Joanna Mendelson, California Investigative Researcher/Director of Special Projects
April – TBD Education Topic
May 15th-17th – National Leadership Conference (in D.C.)
June 20th – GLI Graduation

*We also look forward to scheduling informal social get-togethers between classes.  These are not required, but they will be very fun and highly encouraged!

For an application, to make a recommendation or to find out more information, please email or call 805-564-6670!