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Jewish Community Youth Foundation

The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is a Jewish youth philanthropy program for teens in grades 8-12. Each teen contributes $120 which is matched by both the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund. This results in a total giving amount of $360 per teen and a total group fund of $7,200 to distribute to different Jewish organizations.

Each age group learns about the principles of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah, and philanthropy, as well as other Jewish values and how they relate to their groups' philanthropic focus: Eighth Grade-Local Need Based, Ninth Grade-National Social Service, Tenth Grade-Jewish Art & Culture, Eleventh Grade- Outreach, & Advocacy, and Twelfth Grade-Israel. The program is run through Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Mercer.

Following actual site visits, each teen presents his or her findings and opinions to the group. . .and the debate over how best to allocate the group’s money begins!

The result is the application of weeks of intelligent thought and planning, as well as emotional exploration of Jewish needs far beyond each teen’s own world. The teens learn about caring and selflessness, and the power of their donation to one or more carefully researched causes within the local, national and international Jewish communities.

The Jewish Community Youth Foundation meets once a month from October-March on Sunday nights in the Princeton/Mercer area.

To learn more about the Jewish Community Youth Foundation, contact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100 or celestea@jfcsonline.org

 

Youth Program on Philanthropy

Jewish Community Youth Foundation Applications

What Your Teen Gains from JCYF

1. Lifelong practice of giving.
2. Connections to Jewish values and Jewish communal life.
3. Information about pooled grant funds, prioritization of funding decisions, and the effectiveness of philanthropic dollars.
4. Knowledge of unmet needs in their community and the nonprofit organizations that are working to address those needs.
5. Experience collaborating as members of a team of young Jewish leaders.
6. Understanding that they can have an impact on the Jewish community and the community at large.
7. Community Service Hours that can be applied to fulfill secular and religious requirements.


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