Teens

The J offers programs for teens to connect with their community, make new friends, and explore philanthropy. 

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.

Upcoming Teen Events

From volunteer opportunities to classes and get-togethers, check out all the upcoming teen programs by clicking the link below.

Looking for a Job?

We’re hiring camp and Kidstown counselors, lifeguards, and more.

Giving Initiative for Teens (GIFT)

9th-12th graders 
Click the link below for more.

The Giving Initiative for Teens (GIFT) is part of a national program to teach teens about grant-making, non-profit management, fundraising, and Jewish values. The program encourages engagement in the community and empowers teens to be part of the grant-making process from start to finish, as they work together to raise and allocate funds to distribute to local non-profits. GIFT runs from roughly September to June, with applications for the upcoming school year opening each spring.

SixThirTeens

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

Involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences

Meetings

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.

Special thanks to the Samis Foundation for helping to support our Summer Leadership and Jewish Enrichment Initiative programs!

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