April 25, 2014
This article from J. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California profiles the work of high schooler Jenna Lizerbram, founder of YouthJamz. Since 2010, this music festival has raised over $16,000 and reached 900 children with musical instruments, lessons and education in India.
Jenna's passion for helping those in India began with her bat mitzvah project, and for her work with YouthJamz she was awarded the Peter Chortek Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.
"For her bat mitzvah project, Jenna Lizerbram began writing to a young boy stricken with leprosy at the Rising Star Outreach program in India. Through her letters and sponsorship, Lizerbram, 17, “saw the impact that I had on him, and I wanted to make more of a difference.”
Along with her brother, Noah, 19, she came up with the idea of holding benefit concerts to raise money for music programs to help underprivileged children in San Diego, India and the Congo. Since 2010, YouthJamz, “youth helping youth through music,” has held four concerts, raised $16,000 and reached 900 children with musical instruments, lessons and education."