Lauren, Queen Village
Lauren first came to a Tribe 12 event purely to have fun and make some new friends. Capture the Flag was the event — a chance to be nostalgic about camp and summer fun. She met some people she liked and started coming to First Thursday Happy Hour. Then she saw on Tribe 12’s Instagram that Tribe 12’s volunteer-led acapella group, the Chailights, were holding auditions. Lauren loved to sing — and this was exactly the kind of thing she was looking for. After about six months of coming to the weekly acapella rehearsals and performing Hebrew and popular songs with the group (many of whom became her best friends) she took on the role as co-leader. When a Tribe 12 staff member invited her to apply to the Tribe 12 Fellowship to learn about leadership and entrepreneurship in order to make sure the Chailights would continue, she jumped on the opportunity! The Fellowship opened her eyes to larger possibilities — she founded a nonprofit, KEYhillah, a national network for post-collegiate Jewish acapella groups, so that more people can have experiences just like hers.