Youth Philanthropy Board
Service Learning and Leadership Opportunities
The B’nai Tzedek program includes opportunities for service learning and the chance to participate on the Jewish Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board — which is open to high school students who have established a B’nai Tzedek Fund. The Youth Philanthropy Board isn’t just community service — it’s philanthropy, advocacy, leadership, and service learning all rolled into one. Teens are entrusted with thousands of dollars provided annually by the Jewish Community Foundation, giving them the opportunity to engage in collective grantmaking.
They also volunteer as ambassadors for the program, teaching others about youth philanthropy and tzedakah. Throughout the year, teens explore and identify their values, along with the local, national, and international nonprofit organizations that address those values — all while learning how to be wise, strategic philanthropists.
Youth Philanthropy Board Meetings
The Youth Philanthropy Board meets on Sundays. Meetings are usually held at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, usually from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Check the full schedule to confirm details.
Youth Philanthropy Board meeting schedule for the 2019-2020 school year:
September 8, October 27, December 8, February 9, March 22,
B’nai Tzedek FI-LAN-THRE-PE events planned for the 2019-2020 school year
Youth Philanthropy Board members also serve as program leaders at B’nai Tzedek FI-LAN-THRE-PE events throughout the year, which mostly take place on Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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 19: The Tikkun Olam Tour. 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. Buses return at 3:00 p.m. Five hour community service certificates given upon completion.
Sunday, March 29: JSERVE Community Service Day.
Join us to support the Model Seder Program of Gesher Disability Resources. This is a day of service that will be done in conjunction with other local youth organizations like BBYO an NFTY.
Serving on the Board
All seats on the 2019-2020 Youth Philanthropy Board have been filled. For information about serving on the 2020-2021 Youth Philanthropy Board, contact JCF’s Director of Youth Philanthropy, Andrea Cohen.
Interested in the Youth Philanthropy Board’s grantmaking? Learn More.
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.