Jewish Teen Giving Initiative – Kick Off Retreat 2019

The Giving Initiative kicked off the year with a weekend away to get to know each other and start the process of bettering the world.

Through spending Shabbat together, the cohort came together to challenge their thinking, express their values and get to know each other. The teens collaborated to set collective goals, and get motivated to make change.

From many different schools and backgrounds, the group became a close team who are eager to learn more about how they can get involved and make a difference.  The retreat concluded with the participants helping out at the Jewish Care Telethon, where they helped raise over $4000.

It was an inspiring way to end the weekend, and the teens are now ready to pursue their passions and discover their passion causes.

The Jewish Teen Giving Initiative initiative empowers a diverse group of year 9 students by enabling them to engage with the real-life application of Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah. Over the course of a year, participants explore the changes they wish to see in the world and learn the tools of philanthropy and grant-making to enable incredible grassroots initiatives of their choosing.

Driven by Jewish values and armed with leadership and philanthropic skills, the teens collectively make decisions and grant real dollars to causes they are passionate about. Our workshops foster teen leadership, collaboration and overall exploration of giving and philanthropy. The Jewish Teen Giving Initiative educate, creates and grows the next generation of change-makers and givers of the Jewish community.

JTGI launched in 2016 thanks to the generous support of local funders and AJF members Gandel Philanthropy, Pratt Foundation, Jennifer and Tony Smorgon and Szalmuk-Singer Family who strongly believe in this very exciting initiative. We are proud to also partner with the Jewish Teen Funders Network (USA), Laura Lauder, the Maimonides Fund to create The Jewish Teen Giving Initiative. The program is supported by Lamm Library and Zionism Victoria. 

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