Screening for Mental Health, Inc. was delighted to be selected recently for support by the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB), in this, their second year of funding. The 50 students - from Gann Academy, Hebrew College's Prozdor, and local synagogues - learned about philanthropy, created a board leadership structure, put out a request for applications, and carefully evaluated the hundreds they received. After raising almost $50K, grants were awarded to seven agencies. It was a worthy effort for our organization, and of course, for the teens. My colleague Kristen Lynch wrote the winning grant...and was thrilled to receive the "BIG" check!
Thanks to all involved at JTFGB,
Jan Schwartz, Development Partnership Manager
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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.
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.
I had one of my most meaningful and life changing experiences involving philanthropy when I was a board member of the San Francisco JCTF (during my high school sophomore year). After each exciting monthly meeting, I could truly declare myself a skilled, young philanthropist.
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.
I am the parent of a second-year Board member and I have watched this organization become an increasingly important part of my child's life. Of all of the things he does outside of school, Teen Foundation has been the most meaningful. He truly appreciates the impact he is having and especially enjoys the depth of the discussions he is having with his peers and adults. And he's having a great time. It's all good.
This is one of the most extraordinary experiences for those tough Teen years as a young Jewish adult. Post Bar Mitzvah, many Jewish teens drop out of Jewish life. This not only keeps them engaged, but lets them lead it to reach beyond their comfort zones to help those near and far in need. A fabulous experience! This review should also be considered for the Jewish Choice Awards contest.
People are often shocked to find out I am Jewish. I am tall and blond so I do not "look" it but I certainly feel it because our culture is to give back. This foundation gve me every opportunity to learn how to raise money, research the needs of the world and carefully manage the funds to make sure they were sent to wonderful non profits. It was everything I could possibly dream of and I met so many new people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been involved with this organization in a variety of facets over the last 6 years. My daughter was a board member for several years, and quite simply put, the experience changed her life. And I, as a member of the Adult Advisory board, am always inspired by what these teens are able to accomplish. They are role models for us all.
I am currently on the North Peninsula Jewish Community Teen Foundation Board for my second year. I have met so many new people and learned countless new things about Jewish values, philanthropy, and the process of running a nonprofit. The experiences I have had on this board will stay with me for the rest of my life. It has brought me together with my Jewish peers and helped me develop my jewish identity. It is one of the most fun and fulfilling things I have ever done.
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.
My daughter served on the teen foundation board last year and this year has the opportunity to serve on the leadership council. The Teen Foundation has enabled her to deepen her sense of philanthropy and directly taught her that a 14 year old teenager can make a difference in the world. The Teen Foundation empowers teens to take responsibility for healing the world. By delving deeply into social, economic, and health care issues they take away a sense of urgency to help others and an appreciation for how fortunate they are to live in an enriched environment. As young adult Jews, they are strengthening their bond to the larger Jewish community and heightening their potential for life long connections.
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 was on the board of the South Pen JCTF for one year. It was a real inspiration to me and it absolutely transformed my Jewish community experience. The organization is incredibly well-run and is so dedicated to ensuring that every member has a wonderful experience. Thank you, JCTF!