2018-19 Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston Application
The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) is an innovative leadership development program for Jewish high school students who want to learn how philanthropy works by participating in a year-long foundation-like group experience. A project of the Jewish Teen Funders Network, generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund, JTFGB is a part of the Foundation Board Incubator initiative. As it enters its fourth year, it will include two first-year boards and one second-year board for Jewish high school students (grades 9-12) from all across the greater Boston area.

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

Over the course of the year, 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 charities which may be located in Boston, the country, or the world focused on the issue. Teens learn about tzedakah and tikkun olam and make an impact on their world today.

There will be three different JTFGB board sites this year; teens will most likely be able to participate on the board that is convenient for them geographically and schedule-wise. Boards will meet monthly on Sundays throughout the year. Jewish students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2018 are invited to apply. Each board will be responsible for raising a minimum of $10,000 to allocate and will decide together how to raise those funds. Each board member is responsible for raising a minimum of $360.

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, a parent/student orientation, weekday site visits to non profit organizations in the spring, and end of year celebration are mandatory (unless discussed with and approved by staff in advance). There will also be two shorter workshops that will take place during the year (one each semester) that board members would be expected to attend once scheduled.

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 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.

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1. How did you learn about JTFGB? *
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2. Why do you want to participate in JTFGB? *
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3. What aspect of the program is most appealing to you? *
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5. Have you participated in any other philanthropy-related programs? *
If so, please explain the program and how you were involved.
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6. Do you enjoy working with groups? What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to a group? *
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7. Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert? Please explain. *
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8. List your extracurricular activities (for now and the upcoming academic year). Please include any jobs or leadership roles you hold, and what your anticipated commitments will be during the 2018-19 academic year. *
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9. How do you describe your religious affiliation to Judaism? *
10. Do you currently belong to a synagogue? If yes, which one? *
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11. Do you belong to a Jewish youth group? If yes, which one? *
Do you hold or have you held any leadership positions or formal roles within your youth group? What were/are they?
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12. Do you attend or have you attended Jewish summer camp? If yes, which one(s) and when? *
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13. Please list (and explain if relevant) any other Jewish organizations, activities, or educational programs that you (or anyone in your family) is affiliated with? *
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14. During the year, each board will decide upon and learn about global issue areas (Jewish and non-Jewish alike) as a focal point of the program. Are there particular areas which you would like to explore and bring up with your peers? *
Examples may include hunger, health, elderly, Israel, education, domestic violence, etc.
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15. Please select one of the following prompts and include a short essay (500 words or less) in the space below addressing the subject. *
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Applicant E-Signature: I have read through all of the above information on the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston and have an understanding of the program expectations. *
If selected, I will comply with all of the expectations of JTFGB by: being an active participate (both in and out of meetings); having regular attendance and proper communication; raising the required funds for the grant-making pool; completing the program for the entirety of the year. (Please use full name.)
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Parent/Guardian: By (electronically) signing this form, I understand that this teen has applied to participate in the Jewish Teen Foundations of Greater Boston. I have reviewed the information and understand the commitments involved. If selected, I promise to support his/her participation in meetings, activities and all aspects of the program. *
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