Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston
JTFGB is a year-long program for Jewish high school students with different denominational backgrounds from across the greater Boston area. Together, they develop strong leadership and communication skills, learn the ins and outs of professional philanthropy and grant-making through a Jewish lens, and allocate grants to effect real change in the causes they care about most.
- time Grades 9-12
- location In person and / or online
- duration October - June
The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) is in its seventh year and is proud to have been a part of the Foundation Board Incubator, which is a project of Honeycomb (formerly the Jewish Teen Funders Network), generously funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund for the first five years.
JTFGB enabled me to make a palpable difference in an area I am passionate about, while simultaneously strengthening my ties to the Jewish community and reinforcing a Jewish rhetoric which will be applicable throughout my life. Through this program, I was able to make a positive change in the world and renew my sense of Jewish identity using philanthropy and tzedakah, driven by Jewish values and morals.– Asher Kaplan, former JTFGB participant
Currently in our seventh year, we have 70 teens from 25 towns all over the greater Boston area that make up our four different boards. Last year’s teens raised almost $76,000 of dollars from hundreds of different donors from across the world for organizations that help fight education inequity, domestic abuse, criminal justice, and pediatric cancer. During the first six years of the program, JTFGB teens have awarded 50 grants to unique organizations all around the world. While JTFGB may be based in Boston, it absolutely has a way to make a global impact.
With JTFGB, teens learn how to:
- Assess community needs
- Strengthen their teamwork and leadership skills
- Work closely with real nonprofits to meet their needs
- Debate issues that matter
- Challenge their perspective
…all while meeting awesome Jewish teens from the Greater Boston area, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island!
Who should apply to be part of JTFGB?
Jewish teens who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2021, and who are interested in philanthropy, leadership and helping to transform the world around them. The 2021-22 application is now available.
Who does the program?
Students from all over the greater Boston area, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island! This coming year will include two first-year boards, two second-year boards–intended only for teens who have already participated in the program, and a partnership board with Gateways: Access to Jewish Education.
What is the commitment like?
Each teen board will meet every three to four weeks for two and a half hours. There will also be an orientation, program kick-off, and a grant presentation ceremony to close out the year in late spring. In the spring each board will do 2-4 site visits to learn more about their different nonprofits. Full engagement in every session is a requirement of the program, and there may be minimal work required in between (about 2 hours a month). Teens must also commit to a fundraising minimum of $360. Upon acceptance to the program, teens will receive a calendar of events and meetings for the year.
Where will the program be held?
Hebrew College in Newton Centre
How much does the program cost?
The program fee for JTFGB is $500. If this is a financial burden, we will never turn any families away and will make it work.