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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.

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JTFGB students
  • time Grades 9-12
  • location In person
  • duration October - June
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Participants in the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) have collectively raised over $414,245 during the first eight years of the program. These funds have been strategically divided by the teen board members and allocated as 62 grants to individual nonprofits that focus on unique issues all across the globe.

2015-2016: $33,860 gross amount raised | 6 grants allocated

Board 1 (Poverty)
• Catie’s Closet – $5,000
• JF&CS Family Table- $4,242
• New England Center for Homeless Veterans – $5,000

Board 2 (Youth Education)
• Breakthrough Greater Boston – $8,260
• Central Asia Institute (Jalalabad Tent School) – $5,000
• College Bound Dorchester – $5,000


2016-2017: $46,669 gross amount raised | 7 grants allocated

Board 1 (Domestic Violence)
• DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended) – $5,855.76
• JF&CS TeenSafe – $5,855.76
• NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) – $5,855.76
• The Second Step – $5,909.76

Board 2 (Mental Health—focusing on veterans)
• Boston Health Care for the Homeless – $6,768.47
• Brothers for Life (Achim L’Chaim) – $6,768.47
• Screening for Mental Health (SMH) – $6,768.47


2017-2018: $69,313 gross amount raised | 9 grants allocated

Board 1 (Mental Health)
• Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee – $5,253.27
• National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) – $5,253.27
• Samaritans – $8,000

Board 2 (Mental Health—focusing on substance use)
• Kadima Mental Health Resources – $9,264.39
• The Brookline Center (BRYT Program) – $9,264.39
• The Psychological Center – $9,264.39

Board 3 (Sexual Assault)
• BARCC (Boston Area Rape Crisis Center) – $7,257.60
• Sexual Assault Center – $6,012.03
• Shalom-Bayit – $8000


2018-2019: $60,256 gross amount raised | 8 grants allocated

Board 1 (Immigration)
• JVS Boston – $6,470.44
• TRII (The Right to Immigration Institute) – $6,470.44
• The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights – $6,470.44

Board 2 (Child Abuse—focusing on trafficking)
• ERASE Child Trafficking – $6,834.30
• JCCA (Jewish Child Care Association in New York) – $6,834.30
• MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Child Cruelty) – $6,834.30

Board 3 (Environmental Issues—focusing on climate change)
• Better Future Project (350MA) – $6,600
• Leket Israel – $10,947.70


2019-2020: $58,813 gross amount raised | 8 grants allocated

Board 1 (Education Inequity)
• Education Matters/USAP Community School (in Zimbabwe) – $9,296.40
• Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center – $9,296.40
• Yemin Orde Youth Village (in Israel) – $9,296.40

Board 2 (Substance Use Disorder)
• Retorno Israel – $6,025.86
• Victory Programs – $6,025.86

Board 3 (Environmental Justice)
• Environmental Integrity Project – $5,286
• Friends of the Earth – $5,286

Board 4 (Gun Violence)
• Sandy Hook Promise – $7,503


2020-2021: $75,394 gross amount raised | 12 grants allocated

Board 1 (Education Inequity)
• Coaching for Change -$6,049.38
• Community Preparatory School – $6,049.38
• Decode Project – $6,049.38

Board 2 (Domestic Abuse)
• DOVE – $4,966.21
• JF&CS (Journey to Safety) – $4966.21
• NA’AMAT (The Abba Program) – $4966.21
• The Second Step – $4966.21

Board 3 (Criminal Justice)
• Aid to Inmate Mothers – $9,720.03
• The First 72+ – $10,003.70

Board 4 (Pediatric Center)
• B+Foundation – $5,885.78
• National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) – $5,885.78
• One Mission – $5,885.78


2021-2022: $50,077 gross amount raised | 8 grants allocated

Board 1 (Youth Homelessness)
• Bridge Over Troubled Waters -$5,000
• Project Hope – $5,448.68

Board 2 (Foster Care)
• JCCA (Jewish Child Care Association) – $5,000
• Rise Above – $6,381.62

Board 3 (Youth Mental Health)
•BRYT Program (at The Brookline Center) – $6,950
• The Trevor Project- $6,866

Board 4 (Access to Medical Treatment)
• Partnership for Children – $7,216
• Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) – $7,215


2022-2023: $20,745 gross amount raised 4 grants allocated

Board 1 (Disaster Relief)
IsraAID $5,186.25
National Search Dog Foundation $5,186.25

Board 2 (Access to Food and Water)
Forgotten Harvest $5,186.25
Charity: Water $5,186.25


“The tangible reward of giving real grants to real nonprofits is unmatched by any other program I have ever been a part of. I am certain that the collaborative and fundraising skills I have developed
through JTFGB will help me as I move on to life after high school and into my future.”

–Danny Richmond, Needham High School, ‘20

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617.559.8709
jtfgb@hebrewcollege.edu