Jewish Teen Board

UJA’s Jewish Teen Board of Greater Toronto (JTB) is an exciting philanthropic leadership development program for Jewish teens entering grades 9-11. The program introduces teens to collective grantmaking through the Jewish lenses of giving tzedakah (charity) and tikun olam (repairing the world). The program is run through UJA’s Julia & Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education and the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.

Registration for the 2020/21 Jewish Teen Board is now closed. 

Benefits of Joining JTB

Participants learn about the guidelines and intricacies of fundraising and what is involved when becoming a board member in a charitable organization. Through thought-provoking discussions centered around community issues and world events, students will also gain strong leadership and consensus building skills.

 

Over the course of the year, the Toronto Jewish community’s most dedicated lay leaders and philanthropists come and present to the teens. The opportunity to meet these distinct individuals allows the teens to understand the importance of giving back to the community and inspires them to make a difference in the world themselves.

 

“The Jewish Teen Board experience allowed me to identify my Jewish values and taught me how to collaborate effectively with others. I think my biggest takeaway from this experience was learning how to use my voice. Here, I was able to share my opinion and also show others why it was important to me. It felt amazing to know that the decision we made would help so many people in the Jewish community.” - 2020 Jewish Teen Board Member

 

What's in it for Teens?

Every JTB board member will receive 40 community service hours at the end of the program by attending classes and volunteering. Throughout the year, the participants are given volunteer opportunities that they can take together or through community-wide programs (i.e. Jserve, Walk with Israel) where teen volunteers are needed.

How might JTB look different this year?

The health and safety of our community members is our number one priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and will follow the strict guidelines set out by Ontario’s government and Ministry of Health. Whether we can meet in person or virtually, we will make this year count.

 

The 2019/20 cohort successfully conducted three integral sessions and their granting ceremony via Zoom with great success in spring 2020.

 

“It was a different type of experience, but I was definitely able to get a lot out of it. Personally, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to continue to communicate with my board virtually. It felt amazing to know that the decision we made would help so many people in the Jewish community. With so many uncertainties in the world today, it was comforting to know that we are helping others.” - 2020 Jewish Teen Board Member.

The Commitment

During the course of the program, board members will take part in:  

1. A day-long Sunday retreat 

2. Monthly morning meetings (Sundays) 

3. Social and community service projects 

6. A year-end granting celebration

Board members are expected to participate in all aspects of the program to ensure its success. 

 

Participation Fee: $360  

$120 of this fee is directed toward a granting pool. 

A tax receipt will be issued for the amount of $120.

 

Meetings

Meetings take place monthly and occur from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Sundays, unless indicated otherwise. Exact meeting dates will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

 

Location:

Lipa Green Building, Sherman Family Campus

4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto

*NB: If we cannot meet in person at the start of the 2020/21 session, meetings will take place online.

Through a series of workshops, teens will experience being a part of a REAL board, focusing on REAL community needs, and granting REAL money through a yearly grant making cycle:

For more information contact Shoshana Newman at 416-635-2883 ext. 5019 or email snewman@ujafed.org


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