New Partnership Teaches Teens How to Invest in Their Community

High school students who are eager to change the world are invited to apply for a collaborative project with Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County  and Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF) called No Small Change. This annual philanthropic initiative enables local Jewish teens to identify a cause they are passionate about in their community, and build a fundraising coalition among their peers to address it. Teens will ultimately decide how to award more than $20,000 to worthy nonprofits to address the cause of their choice. The deadline for students to apply for participation in No Small Change is Friday, August, 24, 2018.

 

Left to right: Student Brandon Gerardi, Student Mia Evans and Pam O’Brien, CEO of AVDA – One of the organizations to receive a grant from the No Small Change program of the Jewish Women’s Foundation

Mia Evans, a high school student at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts who participated in the program in 2017 stated, “No Small Change has shown me how to make a difference in society at such a young age. Sixteen year olds are rarely given the opportunity to learn about worthwhile organizations and how to financially give back to them for the good.”

 

No Small Change is a coed philanthropic leadership program that provides teens with strategic grant making experience through a gender lens, while exploring social justice issues and Jewish values.

 

In addition to peer-to-peer fundraising, a skilled Jewish community professional will facilitate group meetings and students will hear from experts during the No Small Change monthly workshops in the areas of strategic grant making, leadership and Jewish values. The new partnership between Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) provided additional funding resources available for participating students. JWF founded this innovative program in 2016.

 

“Each year we see these dedicated students really committing themselves to the research and review that’s vital to grant making. That’s why the final results are so gratifying. We can all see how these grants are changing our community,” says Jennifer Kryshka, JWF Interim Executive Director.

 

“Giving motivated and civic-minded young people the tools to create change in their community and see the impact of their action is one of the greatest gifts we can provide.  We are incredibly proud to be part of a program that teaches teens the importance of Jewish values, philanthropy and social justice,” shared Michael Hoffman, president and CEO, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. “Through this inspiring initiative created by Jewish Women’s Foundation, we are empowering teens to create transformative change in our community while learning what it means to live the value of tikkun olam.”

 

Additional No Small Change partners include Federations’ Jewish Teen Initiative and Jewish Volunteer Center.

 

All program hours are eligible for up to 50 high school community service credit hours. Space is limited. The deadline for students to sign up is Friday, August 24 at jewishpalmbeach.org/nosmallchange.

For more information, contact Erin Leibowitz, Development Associate Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches at 561.275.2200 or [email protected].

 

For more information about how Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County creates a more compassionate community, visit jewishpalmbeach.org.