The B’nai Tzedek program includes opportunities for service learning and the chance to participate on the Center for Jewish Philanthropy’s (CJP) Youth Philanthropy Board — which is open to high school students who have established a B’nai Tzedek Fund. The Youth Philanthropy Board isn’t just community service — it’s philanthropy, advocacy, leadership, and service learning all rolled into one. Teens are entrusted with thousands of dollars provided annually by the CJP, giving them the opportunity to engage in collective grantmaking.
They also volunteer as ambassadors for the program, teaching others about youth philanthropy and tzedakah. Throughout the year, teens explore and identify their values, along with the local, national, and international nonprofit organizations that address those values — all while learning how to be engaged, strategic philanthropists.
Suggested annual board contribution: $200.
The Youth Philanthropy Board meets on Sundays. Meetings are usually held at the
Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. We are working closely with other community organizations to spread our meetings and programming throughout the week.
In 2007, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix’s B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program was selected as one of only 10 programs nationwide to participate in the Pilot Incentive Grants Program of the Jewish Teen Funders Network (now Honeycomb), a youth philanthropy project of the Jewish Funders Network. Recognizing the potential of Jewish youth philanthropy programs to empower and educate teens about effective philanthropy and Jewish values, JTFN awarded grants to Jewish communities committed to creating high quality Jewish youth philanthropy programs.
The JTFN grant, along with a generous donation from a local philanthropist, resulted in the formation of the Youth Philanthropy Board and Youth Grantmaking Program at the Jewish Community Foundation. The Youth Philanthropy Board and Youth Grantmaking Program provide dedicated teens the opportunity to make yearly grant recommendations that address local community and global needs.
Each year, the Youth Philanthropy Board members develop a unique mission statement, funding priorities, and grantmaking recommendations for their group, based on the causes they care about and the identified community needs.
Recognizing the historic commitment of the Jewish people to social and economic justice for all, the Youth Philanthropy Board of the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix provides grant support to programs and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people in need. The Board is focused on work being done to address the mental health needs of people of all ages in the Greater Phoenix community.
Are you a high school student looking to make a difference in your community and learn about philanthropy, advocacy, and leadership? If so, the B’nai Tzedek program and the Youth Philanthropy Board are for you! Contact us now to learn more about how you can get involved and start making a real impact.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference and gain valuable skills and experiences.
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