The J offers programs for teens to connect with their community, make new friends, and explore philanthropy.
Are you a teen who’s interested in getting involved at the J or do you know a teen who’d love one of these programs? Email Jessi Wasson, Family Programs Manager, for more information.
Upcoming Teen Events
From volunteer opportunities to classes and get-togethers, we look forward to gathering in person again soon. See online opportunities below.
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 (9th to 12th grades) 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. Learn more >>
This group is a space for girls in 6th-8th grades to talk about how Jewish values and traditions help guide them during their teenage years. Through the guidance of a trained mentor, we meet monthly to connect relevant teen issues with Jewish values — all while having a good time and fostering new friendships. Learn more + register >>
A group for boys in 6th-8th grades to talk about how Jewish values and traditions can help guide them through their teenage years. Through the guidance of a trained mentor, we meet monthly to connect relevant teen issues with Jewish values — all while having a good time and fostering new friendships. Learn more + register >>
Around the country, teens (ages 13-17) help senior citizens learn to use and advance their skills with devices like iPhones and iPads. The SJCC is partnering with the Kline Galland/Summit to bridge these generations in a whole new way. Summit on Capitol Hill residents can learn the basics and some slick new tricks. We look forward to offering this opportunity again in the months to come. If you have questions, please contact Jessi Wasson,
SixThirTeens 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! LEARN MORE | KEEP IN TOUCH
We’re hiring J Camp counselors, lifeguards, and more. LEARN MORE
Join the SJCC, BBYO, and many more organizations as we participate in this annual program — the largest Jewish teen volunteer initiative. J-Serve has provided teens with a unique opportunity for teens to band together through service as a united global network committed to fulfilling the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkun olam, the responsibility to repair the world.
For nearly 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for Jewish teens. 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. LEARN MORE
Special thanks to the Samis Foundation for helping to support our Summer Leadership and Jewish Enrichment Initiative programs!