Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB)

A unique and elite 10-month experience, the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) offers Jewish teens from all over the Greater Boston area the opportunity to make a profound impact on their community through building and running a grant-making foundation.

With the JTFGB, teens learn how to:

  • Assess community needs
  • Strengthen their teamwork and leadership skills
  • Work closely with REAL non-profits to meet their needs
  • Debate issues that matter
  • Challenge their perspective

...all while meeting awesome Jewish teens from Greater Boston!

PAQs (Potentially Asked Questions)

What does the program entail?

As the teens begin to learn about the grant-making process, they will raise their own money through direct solicitations, determine the issues they would like to support and make donations to the causes they care about. The program arc includes consensus building, creating mission statements, researching relevant nonprofits of interest, RFPs, grant proposals and applications, site visits, allocating funds to the organizations of choice, all while learning about philanthropy through a Jewish lens.

Hear from past teen participants as they share their unique experiences here and here

Who should apply to be part of the JTFGB?

Jewish teens who will be in grades 9-12 in fall of 2017 who are interested in philanthropy, leadership, and helping to transform the world around them should apply!

What’s the commitment like?

Generally, each teen board will meet monthly for three and a half hours.There will also be a parent and teen orientation at the beginning of the year, an all-day kick-off retreat in the fall, and a grant presentation celebration at the end of the year in the spring. Board members are also expected to attend site visits at the semifinalist nonprofit organizations. These site visits take place on weekday afternoons in the spring. Full engagement in every session is a requirement of the program, and there may be minimal work required in between (1-2 hours a month). Upon acceptance to the program, teens will receive a calendar of events and meetings for the year.

Where will the program be held?

This coming year, the program will be expanding to three teen boards and will meet once a month for three and a half hours either on Sunday late afternoons at Hebrew College in Newton, Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley on Thursday evenings or at Temple Emunah in Lexington (day of the week TBA). The week night meetings will be shorter in length and may occur more frequently.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Contact Us

Leah Goldstein, Director, Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston, Hebrew, 617-559-8803​