The B'nai Tzedek Youth Foundation (BTYF) is a monthly leadership council where teens learn about and participate in Jewish philanthropy, tzedakah, tikkun olam, and social justice. Any Jewish high school student who lives in Western Massachusetts or Southern Vermont is invited to apply. Each year, up to 15 teens are selected to be part of the program. The teens will:
- together discuss issues and values in order to develop a group mission statement;
- meet leaders of local Jewish organizations to learn about the grant-making process;
- discover important work being done locally, nationally, and internationally;
- achieve a fundraising goal matched dollar-for-dollar by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation;
- review grant proposals from Jewish organizations around the world;
- and make collective decisions about allocating funds to programs and organizations.
Over the years, teens have developed mission statements that span a variety of values such as caring for those in need, pursuing peace and coexistence, and protecting the environment.
Teens involved in the BTYF also have the opportunity to attend a retreat with up to 40 other teens interested in making a difference in their communities and the world. Teens who attend retreats learn about philanthropy and tzedakah, enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded peers, participate in teen-led workshops alongside experienced educators, attend creative Shabbat activities, and have quality social time with their friends.
The application for BTYF 2013-14 is available here and are due October 15, 2013. The first meeting takes place in November. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Like Us on the BT Facebook page for announcements.
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