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 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.
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 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.
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.