Doing Good Through Philanthropy

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis has invited 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.

 

Program Objectives

Teaching teens the importance of giving and why it is a Jewish value

Exposing teens to the needs of our community

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

 

Training the Next Generation of Leaders

The YoPhI Teen Board, made up of rising 11th and 12th graders, will meet for approximately 10 sessions between August 2019 and May 2020. The majority of the meetings will take place at the JCC. Offsite meetings include a retreat with other teen philanthropy programs in Chicago as well as 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.

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.  The Foundation Board Incubator is 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.