The teen years are a critical time of identity formation on a young person’s journey to adulthood. Meaningful Jewish experiences are known to be uniquely enriching for teens, supporting their healthy growth and development, guiding them to create lives of meaning and connection, and inspiring them to improve the world. As such, the Federation is committed to leading and funding initiatives that serve as gateways to Jewish involvement, and support positive outcomes in teens including strong friendships, developing a sense of self, creating connections and belonging, and fostering pride in being Jewish.
Recognizing the diversity of the teen population, our multi-pronged approach to teen engagement is to build the capacity of our community organizations through grant-making and professional development, promote teen voice and engagement through direct service and provide program information and resources for teens and parents.
YOPHI is the Youth Philanthropy Indy Teen Board. High school students work as a philanthropic board focused on learning and making grants through a values-grounded, authentic, consensus-building process.
ISRAEL & CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
A program of the Jewish Community Relations Council, a JFGI constituent agency, to educate and train Jewish teens on skills that will help them engage effectively on Israel now, in college, and well into the future.
A program of the Jewish Community Relations Council (a JFGI constituent agency) that trains Jewish students to give presentations about Judaism to their peers, in order to foster understanding and counter stereotypes.
Open to all Jewish high school students! BBYO is housed at the Jewish Community Center (a JFGI constituent agency) and IFTY [Indianapolis Federation of Temple Youth] is housed at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.