Teens

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

SixThirTeens: Jewish Family Service Food Sort

Sunday, September 30 | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
SoDo (Specific location provided after registering)

Throughout the month of September, Jewish Family Services is hosting a community-wide food drive. At the end of the of the month volunteers from the Puget Sound area will come together to sort tons of food and toiletries to give to those in need.

Please bring 1 bag of groceries to donate to the food drive. Items can include

  • canned goods
  • grains and pastas
  • proteins (tuna and peanut butter)
  • toiletries
    • diapers (sizes 3-5)
    • toothpaste
    • shampoo

Please do not bring glass containers, opened packages, or expired foods.

*You must sign up by Sunday, September 23 to volunteer at the food sort. Space is limited, RSVP soon!

Israel 101

October 9 | 7:30-9 pm
Free

Israel is a hot topic around high schools and college campuses lately. Learn the basics of the Jewish homeland from Charlotte Korchak, Director of International Student Programs at Stand With Us Israel, so you can engage in thoughtful discussions with your classmates. 

SixThirTeens: Give a Million Thanks

Monday, November 12 | 4 pm

Write letters of thanks and encouragement to veterans and active duty military in honor of Veterans Day.

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! 

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.

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.

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