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URJ-JTFN Teen Philanthropy Project Curriculum

This full curriculum was developed in partnership between JTFN and the Union for Reform Judaism. This curricuium is geared towards synagogue high school students. Written by Dana Sheanin, MSW/MAJCS in 2012 as part of a pilot initiative with the URJ Campaign for Youth Engagement to start teen foundations at 13 Reform synagogues from 2010 to 2012. This curriculum includes the following sessions and appendices:

  • Session 1:  Parents and Teens
  • Session 2:  Jewish Values and Teen Philanthropy
  • Session 3:  Understanding Communal Need
  • Session 4:  Philanthropy Guest Speaker
  • Session 5:  Building Consensus
  • Session 6:  Choosing a Funding Priority
  • Session 7:  Creating a Fundraising Plan
  • Session 8:  Philanthropy, Activism and the RAC
  • Session 9:  Understanding Organizational Mission
  • Session 10:  Request for Proposals
  • Session 11:  Service Learning
  • Session 12: Developing Criteria for Proposal Evaluation
  • Session 13:  Proposal Reading
  • Session 14: Site Visits or Applicant Interviews
  • Session 15: Final Allocation Decision
  • Session 16:  Evaluation
  • Session 17:  Siyyum
  • Appendix I:   Frequently Asked Questions For Teens
  • Appendix II:  Sample Program Budget
  • Appendix III:  Sample Student Application
  • Appendix IV:  Sample Student Contract
  • Appendix V:  Sample Jewish Texts for Study
  • Appendix VI: Request for Proposals Samples
  • Appendix VII: Five Stages of Service Learning
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