Teen Empowerment Program Registration
Impact the community and make a difference with JFCS’ Teen Empowerment Program!
The Teen Empowerment Program (TEP) is designed to provide teens with a springboard to become future leaders in the community. TEP enables teens to experience philanthropy and the grant and allocation process first-hand and explore the Jewish tradition of giving back to the community through volunteer opportunities with JFCS. Through the program, teens learn community leadership, working with JFCS’s professional staff who encourage thinking about and acting upon the values of tzedakah (giving back) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). TEP plants the seeds for future leaders and philanthropists in our community.
JFCS’s Teen Empowerment Program was recognized as an innovative program at the 2019 National Jewish Human Services Association Conference.
The 2019-2020 TEP program will take place on five Sundays throughout the year: November 10th, December 8, January 12th, February 9th, and March 15th.
First Year Program (Ages 13-14)
Teen Contribution – Each participant contributes $180. An anonymous foundation will match contributions with an additional $180 gift.
Fundamentals of Gift Allocation – The program will meet five times a year and will focus on Jewish values, philanthropy, and the grants and allocation process. Each teen will learn more about JFCS programs and, as a group, will select the programs of interest to volunteer, allocate funds, and make an impact.
Community Leadership – JFCS’s professional staff will encourage thinking about and acting upon the values of
tzedakah (giving back) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). It will plant the seeds for future leaders and
philanthropists in our community.
Hands-On Volunteer Opportunities – Each time TEP meets, there will be a volunteer opportunity that highlights a program that is chosen by your group.
Second Year Program (Ages 14-15)
Teen Contribution – Each teen contributes $180. As a member of the TEP II cohort the group will work together to raise
additional funds. An anonymous foundation will match the contribution and the funds raised up to $360 per teen.
Fundraising 101 – In addition to furthering their knowledge, the Fundamentals of Gift allocation, teens will learn how to be effective fundraisers. Topics will include: Overview of Philanthropy/Belief in Fundraising, Peer to Peer Fundraising, and
Storytelling – how to share your message.
Hands-On Volunteer Opportunities – Each time TEP meets, there will be a volunteer opportunity that highlights a program that is chosen by your group. The second year culminates in a Volunteer Day which supports three JFCS programs that resonate with the group’s philanthropic interests.
Third Year Program (Ages 15-16)
Third Year Participants Contribution – Each teen contributes $180. An anonymous foundation will match the contribution.
Hands-On Volunteering Opportunities – They will volunteer throughout the year with a JFCS program they have worked with in TEP I and TEP II. They will learn more about JFCS’s needs, while receiving mentorship from program directors to learn more about their work.
Fundamentals of Grant Writing – The teens will learn about the fundamentals of effective grant writing and best practices in writing proposals, program measurement and evaluation. At the end of the session each teen will meet with a mentor to write a grant proposal about the program they volunteered with and will meet as a group to allocate funds based on the proposals they have written.
Teens are welcome to join at all age levels, regardless of previous involvement with the program.