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: Backpack Drive

Wednesday August 21 | 11 am-2 pm
Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island

Join the SixThirTeens for the first event of the year! We’re partnering with Herzl-Ner Tamid for our third annual backpack drive. Help us assemble bags filled with school supplies to donate to Leschi Elementary School. Enjoy bagels and donuts, give back to the community, and get to know your fellow teens.

Please help us collect school supplies for the backpack drive – check out their Amazon wishlist for items the kids need. Any donation is appreciated!

If you have questions, please contact Jessica Ost, Program Manager, Teen Philanthropy, at JessicaO@sjcc.org or 206-388-1987.

Watts Basketball Academy: 6th-8th grade

Mondays | 3:30-4:30 pm
Grades 6th-8th
Sept 9-Nov 18 (no classes Sept 30, Nov 11)
9 classes
$175 members/$205 guests
Instructor: Donald “Slick” Watts

New program at the SJCC! Grow your passion and skill for the game with Watts Basketball. Get quality reps, instruction, and experience with former NBA pro Donald “Slick” Watts. Learn advanced techniques and challenge yourself while having fun with friends. (For our younger athletes, Watts also offers Basketball Academy for k-5th graders).

Follow these instructions to use the J’s new online registration system.

Rosh Hodesh: Jewish Girls' Empowerment Group

Open to 8th grade Jewish teenage girls
October 30, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 26, March 11, April 29, May 20, and June 10
6:30-8:30 pm
$75 (food included) – program capped at 12 participants

Info session for teens + parents: September 4, 6:30 pm

Middle school can be a challenging time. It’s when teens are asking life’s big questions, like who they want to be and become. It’s a time when friendship and mentorship are needed most, and when the values and support of Jewish community can be a positive, guiding force.

The Stroum JCC is partnering with Moving Traditions, a national nonprofit that emboldens teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. Together with Moving Traditions, we’re creating a small, safe group experience within our community and inspiring teens to openly explore the fundamental questions of identity and society. The Rosh Hodesh group for girls meets monthly and, through the guidance of a trained mentor, connect relevant teen content with enduring Jewish values—all while encouraging a good time and fostering new friendships. Together, with the guidance of Moving Traditions, more Jewish teens are growing into adulthood with confidence, compassion and a lifelong commitment to Jewish community.

Online registration is closed – for more information, contact Jessica Ost.

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.

Cyber Seniors Mentor Program

Ages 13-18
The Summit (1200 University St #100, Seattle)
Upcoming dates will be announced soon

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, including when the next Cyber Seniors series will take place, 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!

More dates to come.


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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