The J offers programs for teens to connect with their community, make new friends, and explore philanthropy. Looking for a job? We’re hiring J Camp counselors for the summer, lifeguards, and more. Check out the possibilities!

Are you a teen that’s interested in getting involved at the J or do you know a teen who’d love one of these programs? Email Jessica Ost, Program Manager, Teen Philanthropy, or call 206-388-1987 for more information.

Tween and Teen Activities


Sunday, March 31 | 12:30 – 5pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center

Seattle J-Serve will be an engaging and rewarding event that features exciting programming and incredible options for community service participation. We hope to see you all there to share a unique experience with your friends to give back to your community! Community service hours will be awarded to all participants.

Visit www.jserve.org for more information about projects worldwide, and/or ‘Like’ @jserveforteens on Facebook to follow all the latest #JSERVE2019 news!

Please register by March 22nd to ensure a spot on a project.

Cyber Seniors Mentor Program

Ages 13-18
The Summit (1200 University St #100, Seattle)
Sunday, May 5 | 10:30am-noon
Sunday, May 12 | 11am-noon
Sunday, May 19 | 11am-noon
Sunday, June 2 | 11am-noon
Sunday, June 9 | 11am-noon

Do you know a teen with awesome tech skills? Put all those Facebooking, online shopping, and texting skills to good use by being a technology mentor for seniors at The Summit!

To be a Cyber Seniors mentor, each mentor must complete learning modules to receive the necessary training. These fun videos and quizzes will take about 1.5 hours to complete in total and you can watch each video and take each quiz individually to make it more manageable. After filling out the registration form, you will then be entered as a mentor for Cyber Seniors. You will receive an email from Cyber Seniors where you will create a login and password and will have access to the modules. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Program Manager, Jessica Ost, at jessicao@sjcc.org or 206-388-1987.

Bingo Nights at the Summit

Calling all bingo lovers! Help senior citizens at the Summit at First Hill enjoy one of their favorite games – bingo! Volunteers are needed to call and assist residents as they play the game. Residents love seeing teen volunteers!

Upcoming dates and times:
Sunday, February 24, 7-8 pm
Sunday, March 24, 7-8 pm
Sunday, April 28, 7-8 pm
Sunday, May 26, 7-8 pm

Giving Initiative for Teens (GIFT)

giving initiative for teens philanthropy

Applications are now closed – thank you!

9th-12th graders (in fall 2018)
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Monthly Sunday meetings, dates below
$180 (scholarships available)

Join a cohort of thoughtful and altruistic teens working together to raise and allocate funds to address real community issues. Guided by an advisory council of local leaders in business, technology, and philanthropy, teens will meet monthly to research and explore organizations and causes they wish to support, learn about the process of grantmaking, hear from local philanthropists, and explore their own Jewish values.

Meeting Dates (late afternoon/evenings, exact times TBD)
Thursday, September 13, 2018 (Student and Parent Orientation)
Sunday, October 14, 2018 (day-long retreat)
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (Grants Ceremony)

The Foundation Board Incubator is a project of the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund. GIFT is generously funded by JTFN, the Samis Foundation, and the Bianco family.


SixThirTeens teen philanthropySixThirTeens is a community service group for Jewish 6th-12th graders in the Seattle area. Their goal is to have fun while performing mitzvot (good deeds). Past service projects have included volunteering at Eastside Baby Corner, collecting donations for YouthCare, cooking dinner for homeless teens, and more.

There are no membership or attendance requirements – serve one time or every time! 

BBYO Monday Meet and Eat

First Monday of the month | 7 pm

Join BBYO for their Monday Meet & Eat program. This event occurs from 7-8 pm on the first Monday of the month at the SJCC, where we will come together to learn more about topics. The event is free and open to any Jewish teen.


Involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences


Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center Mercer Island location

For nearly 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for Jewish teens. Now more than ever, BBYO’s programs in 60 communities across North America provide innovative opportunities for teens to connect with one another, take part in community service projects, navigate the college admissions process, and travel the world. These experiences provide each participant a network of lifelong friends and a perspective which adds value and meaning to life.

The Evergreen region of BBYO has approximately 300 members in multiple chapters throughout the Northwest, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and Eugene; each chapter includes volunteer adult advisors to provide guidance and support. An additional 700 Jewish teens participate in BBYO-sponsored programs each year.

Jews in unaffiliated communities are encouraged to become members and to enjoy the benefits of a national Jewish youth program. These members are invited to attend all regional and international programs.

Regional program participants, including those from Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and non-affiliated backgrounds, join together in religious observance, sports, social events, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service projects.

Perhaps the most important lesson that one learns from BBYO is that “you get out of it what you put into it.” As in life, involvement in the development process, participation in the program, or taking on leadership roles is the best way to take advantage of BBYO.

If you’d like to join BBYO, email Evergreen Region Program Director Cady Phillips or call 206-388-0837.

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