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Mission Statement

To develop in promising young people from diverse backgrounds a lifelong commitment to sensitive and responsible leadership for the betterment of their communities and the world.


The Louis August Jonas Foundation operates an international scholarship program for teenagers selected for their character, leadership potential and promise. We bring together a highly diverse group of gifted, highly motivated young people from all over the world to participate in eight weeks of program carefully designed to promote personal growth, leadership skills, a service ethic, and intercultural understanding. Attendees are given full scholarships and come from over 30 different countries around the world. Funded and operated by the Louis August Jonas Foundation, Inc., CRS/Red Hook, and CRS/Clinton, is for young men and young women, respectively. Although each shares a similar program structure, each is distinct, and staff members are contracted for one or the other campus.

The program is based on experiential learning. Students are given leadership and other responsibilities in running the program. They are challenged to explore areas in our program that are unfamiliar to them and develop their outlook. Staff plays a major role in challenging students and making them reflect on their experiences in order to develop in promising young people from diverse backgrounds a lifelong commitment to sensitive and responsible leadership for the betterment of their communities and the world.

Since 1930, the Louis August Jonas Foundation, Inc. has pursued its mission through its International Scholarship Program, Camp Rising Sun, and its alumni association. The Scholarship Program is defined by four key Goals:

  1. To foster an appreciation of both diversity and common humanity of the participants and encourage lasting friendships across boundaries of color, religion, gender, and nationality.
  2. To expand the participant's intellectual horizons through serious discussion of personal and world issues and by encouraging introspection; to heighten artistic sensibilities through guided exploration.
  3. To develop leadership abilities and self-reliance by encouraging each participant to take on significant projects and responsibilities for the program and to gain experience in motivating others.
  4. To offer and demonstrate by action a strong working philosophy of living characterized by the belief that personal fulfillment flows from making lifelong commitments to serving society through the pursuit of humanitarian goals.

Our Alumni
At LAJF, our hope is that as alumni, the participants from our programs will integrate what they learn at CRS into their lives and pass it along to others. Program participants become members of an international alumni association which is supportive of their evolving interests in college and careers.

CRS alumni go on to and are successful at some of the finest colleges around the world. Through this website, the LAJF supports a COLLEGE ROSTER which connects young alumni with older alumni who are attending or have attended a broad range of colleges, universities and professional schools. Many CRS alumni choose to write their college essays about their experiences at CRS. The Foundation also supports a college scholarship program, the GEJ Scholarship Program.

CRS alumni also have distinguished careers. To promote connections among alumni, the LAJF uses this website to offer a CAREER ROSTER which puts alumni in touch with other alumni engaged in different careers and professions.

We also offer support to alumni through a grant program: Alumni Resurgence Inspiring Service and Engagement (ARISE). This program supports Camp Rising Sun alumni participating in projects that aim to positively impact local communities and the world. Grants are available for alumni engaged in service-oriented humanitarian projects (e.g., peace, justice, environment, human rights, etc.)

The LAJF also organizes Alumni activities and remains interested in Program participants for life.



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Would you recommend The Louis August Jonas Foundation, Inc.?

by Sophie S. from Denver, CO (2008-09-28 09:07:25.0)
I attended the LAJF program Camp Rising Sun this summer and it changed my life. I had one of the most amazing experiences, I learned all about cultures from all over the world, and what it takes to be a leader. I learned just how similar every person is, whether you live in Japan or in Queens, you may still listen to the same music, laugh at the same jokes, and smile when others say hi. This summer was a huge learning and growing experience for me, and this program needs all the help it can get to continue to be as great as it is! Sophie CRS Alumna 08