The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is inviting a diverse group of goal-oriented (and fun-loving!) teens to take a significant leadership role in our community by raising and allocating funds to solve authentic community issues. Along the way, participants will learn more about Jewish values and what it really means to be a leader.
The YoPhI Teen Board will meet approximately eight Sundays between October 2018 and May 2019. The majority of the meetings will take place at the JCC, with other meetings including a retreat at Goldman Union Camp Institute and a few site visits. The program costs $180 per teen, a portion of which will be allocated as part of the grants process. Participants can apply for full or partial scholarships, as needed.
Teens who will be in 11th or 12th grade for the 2018-2019 school year are welcome to apply. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2018, and a final list of program participants will be announced by August 1.
• Teaching teens the importance of giving and why it is a Jewish value.
• Exposing teens to the needs of our community, both Jewish and broader.
• Developing young leaders who feel invested in their community.
• Teaching teens about the grantmaking process and the importance of philanthropy.
• Creating lifelong Jewish engagement among the teens.
• Connecting students to additional Jewish resources in the community.
• Encouraging Jewish self-authorship.
• Connecting teens to one another to broaden their networks and horizons.
YoPhI Teen Board Participants will:
• Be in 11th or 12th grade during the 2018-19 school year.
• Demonstrate passion about community involvement and social justice.
• Be mature, articulate and authentic.
• Have leadership potential.
• Share their experiences with their classes, youth groups, congregations and the broader Jewish community.
• Take responsibility for raising and distributing funds.
• Attend all meetings and events.
• Attend at least two site-visits for potential grantee organizations.
• Fulfill the $180 program fee.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is honored to have its YoPhI Teen Board selected as a participant in the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) Foundation Board Incubator Cohort 4.
YoPhI Teen Board is an initiative of the Foundation Board Incubator which is a project of the JTFN, generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund.
Globally, JTFN works to create, connect, and support Jewish teen philanthropy programs. They work with educators and professionals at synagogues, Federations, summer camps, JCCs and more. JTFN promotes philanthropy and collective giving as forms of experiential education for Jewish teens.
Find out more about JTFN.