Teen Philanthropy

Teen philanthropy programs give students a real-life opportunity to give away thousands of dollars to make our world a better place. Participants learn how to make the most of that responsibility by assessing needs, evaluating grant applications, advocating among their peers for their preferred recipients, and making community presentations. 

Teen Philanthropy Curriculum

The critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership skills teens gain serve them – and their communities – well through the high school and college years, and beyond.  Curriculum includes:  

  • What is a non-profit agency? 
  • What is a mission statement?
  • What are my values? 
  • Maimonides’ Ladder of Charity
  • Making presentations 
  • Establishing decision-making criteria
  • Assessing and comparing grant allocations  
  • Evaluating applicant impact and efficiency

Join us to making the world a better place! To participate during the 2018-19 season, for more information and to get involved, SIGN UP for the mailing list to be the first to get updates and criteria and guidelines for applying.




J-Serve is the international day of Jewish teen service, when more than 10,000 teens from across the globe come together to fulfill the value of repairing the world.  

Earn community service hours!


Fresh Ink for Teens

Fresh Ink for Teens (FIT) is a website whose content is written for—and by—Jewish students from high schools around the world. FIT covers high school, politics, Israel, sports, culture, college preparation, Judaism, family matters and more through original articles and insightful essays. Creative writing and poetry are also welcome. Fresh Ink began more than 15 years ago and has won awards from the American Jewish Press Association. The website is edited by Lily Weinberg and hosted by The Jewish Week Media Group, New York, NY.


Write On for Israel

This elite education and advocacy training program enables high school students to better process and express complex ideas about Israel before entering college. Sponsored by The Jewish Week Media Group, the two-year program teaches students about Israel through the eyes of respected journalists with a wide range of views about Israel and its modern-day conflicts. Participants gain greater awareness of the pro- and anti-Israel environment, as well as enhanced confidence in speaking about Israel with professors, friends, and detractors. 


Scholarships for Teen Travel to Israel

Young people who participate in immersive Jewish experiences tend to have stronger Jewish identity and communal involvement as adults. That is why the Federation invests in Israel travel for teens.


Those traveling during the summer may apply for the Federation's Anne and Herbert Goldstein Fund $1,000 competitive scholarship. Through this fund, the Goldsteins' legacy of love for Israel continues to provide teens with the opportunity to further connect with their heritage, deepen pride in their Jewish identity, and strengthen bonds with Israel. 



IMPACT DC Advocacy Scholarship

The Jewish Federation's Senator Laurence and Edith Weiss Jewish Activism Grant provides a full scholarship for one rising 10th grader to attend IMPACT DC, a summer program that educates, inspires, and empowers Jewish teens to a lifetime of activism, leadership, and service.