Mentoring Young Philanthropists
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Mentoring Young Philanthropists
At the Jewish Community Foundation, we value our heritage as a people committed to make the world a better place. Passing along the value of charitable giving starts with our children. We concentrate on teens in grades 7 through 12, empowering them to view themselves as able to make a difference through social action and by envisioning themselves, even in their youth, as strategic philanthropists.
The B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program
B’nai Tzedek redefines Jewish philanthropy by showing teens that they, too, can change the world through a personal and engaged relationship to lifelong giving. Participants learn about modern philanthropy and apply their knowledge by making heartfelt grants from their own long-term B’nai Tzedek charitable funds to the organizations and causes they care about. Whether it’s ending hunger, poverty, and homelessness, or supporting animal rescue, medical research, programs in Israel, sports opportunities, international aid, education, social services, music, and more, the B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program helps teens find organizations working to address the causes that most concern them. They also learn about leadership, service, financial literacy, and long-term investing to use their funds for good — now and in the future.
Briefly, the program offers teens:
- A memorable experience of youth leadership.
- An opportunity to deepen their commitment to social action.
- The chance to create and recommend grants from their own personal charitable endowment fund.
- The opportunity to engage in meaningful community service projects.
Objectives of the program:
- To help every Jewish teen in the community establish a charitable endowment fund in their name.
- To empower Jewish teens to change the world through Jewish philanthropy, tzedakah, and tikkun olam.
- To provide Jewish teens with skills and knowledge from Jewish sources on giving, financial literacy, and modern philanthropy.
- To help Jewish teens establish relationships with Jewish organizations in our community and abroad.
- To offer the opportunity to network with other Jewish teens locally and nationally.
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Activities and Time Commitment
We understand busy teen schedules. B’nai Tzedek provides service opportunities for teens throughout the year with no minimum time commitment. Teens, in conversation with their parents, determine their level of involvement. Teens seeking deeper engagement in philanthropy and advocacy education can apply to serve on the Youth Philanthropy Board.
Events for the 2019 – 2020 school year
Sunday, November 3: Fall Kick-Off Event, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to spend two hours getting to know more about the B’nai Tzedek Program and engage in programming aimed at teaching you more about becoming a strategic philanthropist. The program is open to all teens with B’nai Tzedek funds and those considering establishing a B’nai Tzedek fund.
Sunday, January 26: The Tikkun Olam Tour, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tour and help local non-profit organizations. Buses depart from the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus at 10:00 a.m. and stop at several great organizations that want the help of teens. We will conclude our tour at the Friendship Circle: Jonathan’s Walk for Friendship, where we will have a picnic lunch and help run this important community event. Kosher lunch, snacks and t-shirt are included with your registration. Five hour community service certificates given upon completion.
Sunday, March 29: JSERVE Jewish Day of Service.
Help Gesher Disability Resources host a Model Seder for their clients and their families.
B’nai Tzedek is a community of mitzvah-doers. Throughout the year, organizations will contact B’nai Tzedek looking for volunteers. We send these volunteer opportunities out by email to all teens on our email list.
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Join B’nai Tzedek and Make a Difference
For more information or to join us now, download the B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Brochure and Application, or contact the JCF Director of Youth Philanthropy, Andrea Cohen.