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Jewish Community Youth Foundation

Year Founded: 
2003
Name of Host Organization: 
Jewish Family & Children's Services of Greater Mercer County
Host Setting: 
Central Jewish Agency
Program Type: 
Teen Foundation
Funding Areas: 
Israel, Local, National
Program Description: 

The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is a Jewish youth philanthropy program for teens in grades 8-12. Each teen contributes $120 which is matched by both The Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund. This results in a total giving amount of $360 per teen and a total group fund of $7,200 to distribute to different Jewish organizations.Under the teaching and guidance of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, each age group learns about the principles of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah, and philanthropy, as well as other Jewish values and how they relate to their groups' philanthropic focus by grade:

  • Eighth Grade - Local Need
  • Ninth Grade - National Social Service
  • Tenth Grade - Jewish Art & Culture
  • Eleventh Grade - Outreach & Advocacy
  • Twelfth Grade - Israel

Following actual site visits, each teen presents his or her findings and opinions to the group and the debate over how best to allocate the group’s money begins. The result is the application of weeks of intelligent thought and planning, as well as emotional exploration of Jewish needs far beyond each teen’s own world. The teens learn about caring and selflessness, and the power of their donation to one or more carefully researched causes within the local, national and international Jewish communities.

Program Contact
Celeste Albert, Coordinator of Teen Programs
Work Phone: 
609-987-8100
707 Alexander Road Suite 102
Princeton, NJ 08540 US

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