Jewish Teen Board

UJA’s Jewish Teen Board (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 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.

Benefits of Joining JTB

All participants will receive a total of 40 hours towards their school's community service requirements. These hours encompass both the in-class and volunteer portions of the program.

 

Fundraising & Community-Building Skills

Participants will learn about the guidelines and intricacies of fundraising and what is involved when becoming a board member in a charitable organization.

 

Leadership Experience

Through thought-provoking discussions centered around community issues and world events, students will gain strong leadership and consensus building skills.

 

Thougt Provoking Speakers

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

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

 

“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

 

How might JTB look this year?

With the vaccine rollout, we hope to run in-person meetings, starting in October 2021. 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. 

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

4. 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 2021/22 session, meetings will take place online.

 

Yearly Granting Making Cycle

Through a series of workshops, teens will experience being a part of a non-profit organization's board, focusing on community needs, and granting funds through a yearly grant making cycle.

Questions?

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


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