FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Jewish Teen Board?

The Jewish Teen Board of Greater Toronto (JTB) is an exciting leadership development program for Jewish teens interested in learning about philanthropy and being part of a philanthropic foundation. Participants will explore Jewish values, learn about fundraising, strategic philanthropy, and ultimately make a difference in their communities.

A project of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto, JTB is a part of a larger initiative called the Foundation Board Incubator, a project of the Jewish Teen Funders Network, generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund and the WOW! project, an initiative of the Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education.


Who should apply to be part of the JTB?

We encourage Jewish teens who will be entering grades 9-11 at the beginning of each school year and are interested in philanthropy, leadership, and helping to transform the world around them to apply to become a member of the JTB.

What do JTB participants do?

Over the course of the academic year, the teens in each teen board will work together as a real philanthropic foundation, grounded in Judaism’s commitment to tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repair of the world). They’ll learn about social justice, philanthropy, leadership, and fundraising. 

 Each board will:

  • learn how Jewish values may apply to philanthropy and the grant making process
  • acquire critical research skills and hone leadership abilities
  • explore issues of social justice
  • learn how to solicit and evaluate grant proposals from non-profits
  • challenge each other to make thoughtful, insightful grants that address the causes that matter most to them


Why is fundraising included and do i have to fundraise? 


The JTB is a grant making curriculum and not a fundraising one. The inclusion of the fundraising background piece is so that board members understand the importance of fundraising and have an opportunity to raise funds for causes they believe in. Board members will be given proper credentials to open up their own fundraising page that will accompany them throughout the year. There will be no other fundraising activities included as part of the curriculum. Board members can fundraise throughout the year on their own terms using their own personal and professional networks. 

At the end of the year, each board will choose which Toronto-area charities will receive funds that go towards the issues important to them. JTB participants will make an impact on their world today through this philanthropic experience.


What’s the commitment like?

Teen boards will meet monthly for roughly 3 hours. There will also be an all-day kick-off retreat, and a closing celebratory event in May. Full engagement in every session is a requirement of the program, and there may be minimal work required in between (1-2 hours a month). Upon acceptance to the program, teens will receive a full schedule and program outline.


Does it cost anything?

This program is heavily subsidized. There is a small registration fee of $360. However, no qualified applicant will be denied because of financial need. $180 out of the total cost is a taxable donation which will be allocated to a charitable pool and will be used to fund non-profit initiatives in the community. 



What is the application process like? When will I find out?

Applications are usually accepted starting April-May until September. Once the application deadline is reached each selected applicant will be invited for an interview which will be scheduled between Sept-Oct. Finalists will be notified of their acceptance to the program in October.


Will I get community service hours?

Yes! Students can earn 40+ hours by having full participation. (ie: attending meetings, site visits, etc.)


What is the parent involvement with the program?

Parents are expected to support their children’s participation, including ensuring they participate in each session and in additional activities which may arise. Parents with relevant experience may be invited to present to the teen boards as well.


I was nominated by my rabbi, educator, teacher, youth group advisor or peer. What do I do now?

First of all, Mazel Tov! It is great to hear they think you would be a great addition to our program. You should have received an e-mail or a postcard with a nomination number on it. Click here to begin your application to begin your application and make sure to include that nomination number when it asks you for it. That will make sure your application is given priority.


Do I have to be nominated to apply?

We are looking for anyone who wants to wants to make a difference in the community so you don't have to be nominated in order to apply to the program.


Can I nominate someone to be in the program?

For sure! If you know a peer who you think would be a great fit for JTB then you can nominate them by going to the nomination form.


Why should I apply?

You’ll get skills you won’t learn in high school.  Skills that would benefit you greatly in your future endeavors, in university, college, and your career. And you’ll have fun with new friends while you do it!

You should apply because the JTB is a ground-breaking, exciting chance to engage with other Jewish teens from around the GTA. It will give you experience in fundraising, grant making, community development, planning, and outreach. You’ll learn about the exciting charities in your community and you’ll make an impact by choosing to act. 


How can I learn more?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact  teenboard@ujafed.org