Mission: By creating and facilitiating after school Jewish clubs, JSU establishes a community for teens in public high schools across the country. Involved and unaffiliated kids alike join together in having fun, social justice projects, and Jewish learning opportunities. The ultimate goal is to expand the teen's interest in participating in the Jewish community at large via youth groups, conferences and events.
Results: Over 250 Jewish clubs in the country!
Direct beneficiaries per year: Roughly 20,000 students engaged in the course of a year
Professional with expertise in this field,10/15/2009
I have seen the way that the organization can change a student's life by merely participating in their after-school programs. JSU fills a void in the Jewish community; for so long, we have rightfully focused on funding day schools but have completely ignored the teens that for whatever reason wind up in the public school system. For the unaffiliated kids, JSU is a great engagement tool for them to become involved. And, for the already affiliated, JSU provides a home away from home at their school.
Professional with expertise in this field,10/14/2009
I just attended a Jewish Student Union event today and was absolutely blown away by their ability to engage disinterested teens. they provide a safe and healthy environment for teenagers and we need more organizations like them. They are incredible.