The Solomon Leadership Program is dedicated to nurturing the leadership potential of today's teenagers, cultivating a new generation of leaders guided by an unswerving moral compass. We accomplish this mission through a comprehensive, values-driven program consisting of:
- Holistic Curriculum: We offer a dynamic, real-life, situation-based curriculum that equips our students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for moral leadership.
- Mentorship: We provide robust community-supported mentoring, pairing our students with experienced mentors who guide and inspire them throughout their journey.
- Inspiring Case Studies: We organize live case-history presentations by local leaders, offering valuable insights and practical lessons for our students.
Our program encourages exchanging ideas, fostering self-confidence, critical thinking, and collaboration. We deliver a college-level experience that complements their high school education, preparing them for a future marked by ethical leadership.
Established in 2016, Solomon operates as a nonsectarian educational program under the 501(c)(3) status. It was founded through a partnership between Palm Beach Synagogue and The Sosnow Foundation. Our commitment to success is reflected in the overwhelming 91.3% parental approval rate, driving us forward in achieving our mission.
The Solomon Leadership Program envisions a society where leaders are distinguished by their unwavering commitment to ethical principles and moral values. We aspire to empower these leaders to understand their unique potential and to prioritize the well-being of others in their pursuit of a just and harmonious world.
In 2015, Mr. Larry Sosnow, a successful businessman and philanthropist living in Palm Beach, who was already deeply involved in the community, as he had been when he lived in New York years ago, joined the Palm Beach Synagogue.
Rabbi Moshe Scheiner suggested his becoming active with youth and teens, realizing that only by influencing the children of today can change be affected over the long term.
Recognizing the problems seen in all areas of leadership today, Mr. Sosnow and Rabbi Scheiner together created the concept of a leadership program geared towards tomorrow’s leaders— the teens who already exhibit leadership potential and are active in their communities.
Drawing on his college years, when a mentor took the young Larry under his wing and ultimately influenced his career path to success, Mr. Sosnow sought to combine the concepts of ethical leadership and mentor guidance, specifically geared towards teens. By joining forces with Rabbi Scheiner and the Palm Beach Synagogue, the Peres Leadership Program, now known as the Solomon Leadership Program, was born.
In addition to the Pilot Chapter in the Palm Beach Synagogue serving Palm Beach County, Florida, since 2016, new chapters have opened in Bal Harbour, Ft. Lauderdale, and Parkland, Florida. As the program looks towards the future, it anticipates opening chapters across the country in the next few years in congregations looking to serve teenage leaders in their communities.
The Solomon Leadership Program operates as a partnership of The Sosnow Foundation and Palm Beach Synagogue. Students, known as Fellows within the program, join at no cost. This allows teens from all demographics the opportunity to apply and participate without financial stress.