high school students in jewish teen foundation program

Jewish Teen Foundation

Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB)


jewish teen foundation of greater bostonThe Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston is a year-long program for up to 50 Jewish high school students from across the metro Boston area. Together, they learn the ins and outs of professional philanthropy and grant-making through a Jewish lens, and allocate grants to effect real change in the causes they care about most.  


In the past year, 36 teens in two philanthropy boards, one based at Prozdor of Hebrew College and one at Gann Academy, raised over $33,500 from over 440 different donors, exceeding their fundraising projections by over $10,000.  The Hebrew College board allocated three grants to organizations working to combat poverty: New England Center and Home for Veterans, Catie’s Closet, and Jewish Family & Children’s Service. The Gann Academy board allocated three grants to non-profits seeking to empower youth through education: Breakthrough Greater Boston, Central Asia Institute, and College Bound Dorchester.


Prozdor and Hebrew College are very excited to be partnering with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Gann Academy to launch two sites for the 2016-17 academic year.


With the JTFGB, teens learn how to:


  • Assess community needs
  • Strengthen their teamwork and leadership skills
  • Work closely with REAL nonprofits to meet their needs
  • Debate issues that matter
  • Challenge their perspective

All while meeting awesome Jewish teens from Greater Boston!


Who should apply to be part of the JTFGB?


Jewish teens who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2016, and who are interested in philanthropy, leadership and helping to transform the world around them.


What’s the commitment like?


Generally, each teen board will meet monthly for three hours. There will also be an all-day kick-off retreat in October, and a closing celebratory dinner in June. Full engagement in every session is a requirement of the program, and there may be minimal work required in between (1-2 hours a month). Upon acceptance to the program, teens will receive a calendar of events and meetings for the year.


Where will the programs be held?


As the JTFGB includes sites at Hebrew College and Gann Academy, one board will be based at each site. The kick-off will be at Gann, and the closing dinner at Hebrew College. The two foundation boards will run parallel programs at their respective sites.


Leah Goldstein
Coordinator, JTFGB