Jewish Teen Philanthropy: A Strategy for Jewish Teen Engagement

Posted on October 16, 2009

Jewish Teen Philanthropy. It is now on the radar of the organized Jewish community and it should be. There are currently over 70 programs throughout the country that teach participants about communal needs, the grant making process and last year these programs involved thousands of teens and allocated over a million dollars to community agencies.

Participants in Jewish Teen Philanthropy Programs gain valuable skills including critical thinking, consensus building, confidence, public speaking and learn about the non-profit world, how a board operates and how to evaluate a grant. They learn what Judaism has to say about philanthropy and how to work with a diverse group of people. These programs teach important skills that teens generally do not learn until later in life.

Jewish Teen Philanthropy Programs are an excellent way to engage teens and get them involved in the organized Jewish community. Those in the New York area will have a chance to attend at event next week that will explain Jewish Teen Philanthropy and why it is so important. The panel (full disclosure I am presenting a text study and activity) will provide several program models and resources that can be incorporated into already existing programs.
Join BJENY-SAJES, Westchester Jewish Conference, The Jewish Communal Fund, Jewish Teen Funders Network and Areyvut on Monday for a Panel Conversation on the topic of:
Jewish Teen Philanthropy: A Strategy for Jewish Teen Engagement
This conversation will acquaint participants with several opportunities that exist in the field of Jewish Teen Philanthropy, introduce people who have ventured into the field to one another in their communities and create the opportunity for individuals to share experiences in this real and explore questions and ideas that may arise for you and your community.

Date: Monday, October 19, 2009
Time: 12:00-2:00pm – Lunch will be provided. Location: BJENY-SAJES – 701 Westchester Avenue, Suite 2A2 White Plains, NY

To reserve your spot or for more information please contact Nike Silberstein at (646) 472-5326 or at the New Center for Collaborative Leadership, Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York-SAJES.

Areyvut will be announcing some new Jewish Teen Philanthropy Programs and models soon. In the interim, feel free to join us at the program on Monday and have a great weekend and a Shabbat Shalom.

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