Over the course of the academic year, the teens on each JTFGB board will work together as a real philanthropic foundation to:
• learn how Jewish values apply to philanthropy and the grant making process • acquire critical research skills and hone leadership abilities
• explore issues of social justice
• create Request for Proposals and evaluate grant proposals from non-profits
• learn how to solicit and raise funds to support the causes that are important to them
• challenge each other to insightful discussions and make thoughtful grant decisions that address the causes that matter most to them
Teen board members will work together to identify the issue they'd like to address. At the end of the year, the board members will make grants to nonprofit organizations which may be located in Boston, the country, or the world focused on the issue. Teens learn about tzedakah and tikkun olam and make a huge impact on their world today.
Boards will meet monthly on Sundays throughout the year. Teens selected for this program are expected to make JTFGB a priority. Participation in the 9 monthly meetings, as well as an all-day kick-off retreat in the fall, a parent/student orientation, weekday site visits to non-profit organizations in the spring, and an end of the year grant presentation ceremony are mandatory (unless discussed with and approved by the director in advance). Each board member is responsible for raising a minimum of $360 that will go directly to the grant-making pool.
Participants must be ready to listen, think, participate, debate, write, actively engage, and of course enjoy themselves throughout the program. Minimal work, perhaps a couple of hours, may be assigned in between sessions. As the year proceeds, students will have the opportunity to take the lead in organizing and partially running the monthly sessions, helping to shepherd the board through the grant-making process.
Participation in the program costs $360. No applicant will be denied participation based on financial need. The program fee will be requested upon acceptance into the program. Please note that this amount goes directly to program fees and is NOT contributed to the teens' overall grant-making pool. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the beginning of September 2019.