Millstone Institute seeks young adults for ‘Lens On’ series

“LENS On Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” an interactive program for adults in their 20s and 30s interested in social change in the St. Louis Jewish community, is looking for participants for the 2014 series. The six-session series provides a collaborative environment in which creative individuals can realize their potential to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.

“LENS On Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will run late January 2014 through mid-April and include six training and skills-building sessions. Culminating in individual or small group presentations, LENS On offers participants the opportunity to be exposed to the innovation landscape in St. Louis, explore Jewish values, interface with community leaders and learn skills that will help them transform their ideas into real community projects.

Sessions will be facilitated by local trainers, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Highlights of this year’s program include a focus on social entrepreneurism, with sessions led by Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear, Aimee Dunne Zander of the Skandalaris Center and Karen Kalish, founder of Cultural Leadership.

The program seeks young adult applicants who represent diverse interests, experiences and involvements throughout the St. Louis Jewish and/or secular community and are interested in pursuing innovation within the St. Louis Jewish community. Space is limited to 12 adults.

To apply, visit or contact Karen Sher, senior program associate, at [email protected] or 314-442-3824. There is a $50 supplies fee. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 13.

This is the third year that the Millstone Institute is offering the program. The Millstone Institute, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, is a community-wide endeavor to engage and inspire volunteer leaders and professionals. Programs are made possible by generous support from the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Millstone Foundation, Mont and Karen Levy, and the Bill Solomon Foundation.