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?

Jewish teens entering grades 9-11 who are interested in philanthropy, leadership, and helping to transform the world around them.


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 (repairing 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


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 June. 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 registration fee of $360 ($180 is a taxable donation). However, no qualified applicant will be denied because of financial need.


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 September and October. 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. (i.e.: attending meetings, site visits, volunteering at community events 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.


Why should I apply?

You’ll build skills you won’t learn in high school, skills that will 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  snewman@ujafed.org