Bay Area Philanthropist Helen Diller began a major commitment in 2007 to support California Jewish teens who exemplify the spirit of tikkun olam—a central Jewish precept meaning to repair the world. The prestigious awards program has since expanded nationally, recognizing 40 Jewish teens across the country with nearly $1.5 million dollars to support and further their volunteer service projects and education. Last year’s recipients came from California, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island, Missouri and Massachusetts.
Past recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have created a wide range of projects supporting various causes, including providing clean drinking water to people living in third world countries, teen-based websites that provide tools and resources for youth to pursue their own community service projects, educational nonprofits that help those living with Autism and Alzheimer’s and many more. Video of the 2013 recipients and their projects is available here.
Beyond bolstering national recognition of the teens and their social action projects, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have nurtured a growing network of young leaders. Awards alumni, who are already driven to make a difference, have inspired and mobilized a “civic generation” committed to volunteerism. Past recipients have been recognized by some of the world’s foremost institutions and leaders, including the United Nations Foundation, The White House and former president Bill Clinton.
“Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders. It is our hope that this award will recognize some outstanding young people who are already helping to repair the world,” said Helen Diller, president of the sponsoring foundation. “By celebrating Jewish teens committed to social action in innovative ways, we hope to inspire many more young people to follow their example.”
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and their network of 155 Jewish Federations throughout the country continues to collaborate with the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, to inspire and encourage Jewish teen volunteer service nationwide.
“We are thrilled to once more collaborate with and support the Helen Diller Family Foundation as they so generously empower young Jewish philanthropists across the nation seeking to make a real difference in the world,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA.
Now in its 14th year of giving, the Helen Diller Family Foundation has granted more than $200 million to support education, the arts, medical research and development, leadership training programs for teens, and many other charitable endeavors.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR NOMINATION:
· Teens may be nominated by any community member who knows the value of their project — except a family member— or may self-nominate.
· Each candidate must be a U.S. resident aged 13-19 years old at the time of nomination, and must self-identify as Jewish.
· Community service projects may benefit the general or Jewish community, locally, nationally or world-wide.
· Teens compensated for their services are not eligible.TO NOMINATE: Complete the simple online form at www.dillerteenawards.org
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