Teen leadership training is a long-term investment in our children and for the Jewish community. Nurturing people when they are young keeps them committed not only to their Jewish identity, but also to their community.
The service components of our programs are helpful in building an academic resume for college. Teens who participate in our leadership development programs often stay involved in the community through Hillel and as young adult lay leaders after their college experience.
Baltimore Diller Teen Fellows
Baltimore Diller Teen Fellows is a 15-month teen leadership program of Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC). The program is based on four pillars: leadership, Israel, Judaism/Jewish identity and Tikkun Olam. High school juniors participate in three Shabbatonim (weekend retreats), monthly leadership development seminars and two mifgashim (student exchanges in both Baltimore and Israel) with their teen counterparts in Ashkelon (Baltimore’s partnership city in Israel). In addition, Diller Fellows create a community service initiative. The Diller Teen Fellows program is generously funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation and other supporting foundations and organizations.
Students Taking Action for Change (STAC)
Students Taking Action for Change (STAC) is a collaborative program of Jewish Volunteer Connection, in partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC). STAC is a nine-month program for high school sophomores and juniors. The program focuses on social justice and advocacy, while teens learn the tools to be agents of change. During the program year, STAC Fellows participate in a retreat, Advocacy Day in Annapolis, monthly leadership development seminars and more.
Teen Giving Initiative (TGI)
Teen Giving Initiative (TGI), a program of Jewish Volunteer Connection, focuses on leadership, fundraising and grant-making skills. TGI Fellows develop their own fundraising initiatives and select focus areas to allocate their funds. The program is open to high school sophomores and juniors. The nine-month program year runs from the fall through May and includes a retreat, teen phoning, monthly leadership development seminars, fundraisers and more.
Teen Service Council
Teen Service Council, a program of Jewish Volunteer Connection, is for teens who wish to make a difference in the Baltimore community. Teens learn about vital community needs and gain skills to plan and implement individual service projects. JVC staff will help match participants’ volunteer interests with community service agencies. The eight-month program runs from October through May and is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Freshman Volunteer Network
Freshman Volunteer Network, a program of Jewish Volunteer Connection, empowers teens to create and implement an ongoing group volunteer project. The program is open to high school freshman and is a nine-month program that runs from the fall through May.
Teen Summer Service
Teen Summer Service provides many options for teens in sixth-12th grade who want a meaningful summer experience helping others. The options include connecting teens with service opportunities based on their interests, assisting teens to create a service project for them and their peers called a VolunTeam, or participating in the following programs: Top Notch Teens (rising seventh & eighth graders) and Machon Leadership Camp (rising ninth & tenth graders).
For more information, contact Jewish Volunteer Connection at 410-843-7490.
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