Jewish Teen Foundations

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues:

Location: San Francisco CA 94105 USA

Mission:
Target demographics: Jewish teens learn about philanthropy and make an impact in the world
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: a year-long board fellowship where Jewish teens learn how to run their own non-profit foundations and to become strategic grantmakers.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a member of the leadership council of the south peninsula branch, I am on my second year of the program. This program is amazing and has taught me valuable skills that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The work that we are able to accomplish is incredible. As a teenager, I would never think that I could have the opportunity to make such an impact on the world as we are doing at the teen foundation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The valuable lessons that you learn and the focus on consensus where everyone has a role in decisions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The South Peninsula Jewish Community Teen Foundation has been one of the best things our daughters have done. Not only have they learned a lot about philantrophy, they gained leadership and organizational skills and met some other great teens. It is a very positive experience. Our daughters always looked forward to the meetings.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the valuable skills and values my daughters have learned.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

simply outstanding people and excellent role models.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I first joined the Marin/SF board last year and I loved it so much that I decided to return this year as a second year member. I learned so much about philanthropy, grants, fundraising, and working as a board. We all worked very hard and I enjoyed witness all that we accomplished. My favorite part was presenting the grants and seeing exactly who and how are money was going to help. This is an amazing organization that truly works toward building a better, brighter future.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

taking part in helping others and finding a new, non-tradional way to serve my community. I loved being able to help people I had never met before and help non-profit organizations that work to better the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a board member for two years, this organization changed my life. It helped me stay intimately connected with Judaism while allowing everyone to stay comfortable with their own level of observance. It gave me connections to fellow teens across the bay who I am still great friends with. We helped to change the world, which was an amazing experience. and of course, we ate a lot of good food.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing. The other teens are passionate and caring, and the discussions we had were lively and important. We all strove to the same goal of helping the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had started as a freshman instead of as a sophomore.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a second-year member of the Jewish Community Teen Foundation, serving for the South Peninsula board. I have learnt all about how to run a charitable foundation, from fundraising to grant-making. I have developed a passion for giving that will hopefully stay with me for my whole life. Importantly, I have learned to give effectively based on Jewish values and through a Jewish lens. Last year the board gave to communities in Israel, Belarus, Sudan, Niger, South Africa, and Eastern Africa. This program is great because as the teens involved not only learn leadership skills and how to run a smart foundation, but make a huge impact on communities around the world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Making a massive impact while growing as a giver and a person.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a second-year board member and I must admit, this is a great thing for any high-school student to do. I have begun to play a larger role in the Jewish Community and have met so many great friends with this experience. It is also a great way to learn about what it means to lead meetings and essentially run a foundation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday leadership skill. Instead of sitting back and letting everyone else do my work, I now take a personal role in every decision I am responsible for.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

it was longer! I found myself asking for more when I was done and when the year was over, i found myself to be very disappointed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My first year on board was three years ago. To be completely honest, the Foundation changed my life. I learned so much, made great friendships, and developed leadership skills and confidence that have had an enormous impact on my life ever since. Most importantly, I was able to have a huge impact on very real problems. I've never felt so empowered in my life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the most amazing people I've ever met. The people who lead these Foundations are 100% dedicated to youth and Tikkun Olam.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was and currently are on the Teen Foundation in the North Pen. chapter. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences i have ever participated in.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it helped me to get a better understanding of the word tzedakah or charity and helped me to develop my jewish identity as well as give me wonderful leadership training

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was on the East Bay Board for 2 years, the first as a board member and the second as a member of the leadership committee. Being on the board was the most meaningful and life-changing thing I have done. It helped me figure out what is most important to me, and allowed me to be involved in my community and in the world in ways I would have never thought possible at my age. In addition, I met amazing people who I continue to stay in contact with. I highly recommend applying to be on one of the Teen Foundation boards.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many parts of my life. My interests now revolve around social justice. I am also a more confident public speaker and leader.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

 
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