Stroum Jewish Community Center launches philanthropy program

The SJCC to launch a new teen philanthropy program called the Giving Initiative for Teens this year.

  • Monday, April 16, 2018 9:45am
  • Life

The Stroum Jewish Community Center, together with the Samis Foundation and the Bianco family, launched a new teen philanthropy program called the Giving Initiative for Teens (GIFT) this fall for the 2018-19 school year.

SJCC serves more than 15,000 people annually in the greater Seattle area, and has made youth and teen leadership and engagement a key focus in the coming year. The Jewish population in Seattle is growing, yet the availability of teen leadership program has dwindled, making it an exciting time for SJCC to add GIFT to the teen service programs already in place.

“Philanthropy has always been central to Jewish life, making GIFT a fantastic way for us to deliver on our agency’s mission of celebrating Jewish life and culture,” said SJCC CEO Amy Lavin in a press release.

Applications are now open for interested students in and around the Puget Sound who will be in 9th-11th grade in fall 2018. Mentors and teachers can also nominate students. Teens will meet monthly to research and explore organizations and causes they wish to support; raise and allocate funds to address real community issues; learn about the process of grantmaking; hear from local philanthropists; all while exploring their own Jewish values.

A key piece of the program is the advisory council, comprised of local leaders in the fields of business, technology and philanthropy. Advisors will help the teens network in the community, offer professional guidance, and learn fundraising strategies.

Kim Fisher, a longtime SJCC member whose teenage daughter started the SixThirTeens philanthropy group that partners with the J for service projects, is excited to have another opportunity to engage teens in the community.

“Offering them a variety of ways to stay connected and practice generosity as they navigate their increasingly busy lives is a huge priority for us all,” she said.

The GIFT program is part of the fourth cohort of the Jewish Teen Funders Network Foundation Board Incubator. A project of the Jewish Teen Funders Network and funded by Laura Lauder and the Maimonides Fund, the Foundation Board Incubator brings the success and impact of Jewish teen philanthropy programs across North America into cities around the world. Seattle is one of the newest incubator communities, joining San Diego, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Melbourne and Israel.

The J is now accepting student applications and nominations from teachers and mentors. The application deadline is Sunday, May 20. Forms can be found at http://www.sjcc.org/.




In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@mi-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.mi-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

[flipp]

More in Life

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Car review: 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

By Larry Lark, contributor How do you top the 2021 Dodge Durango… Continue reading

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD
Car review: 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD

By Larry Lark, contributor If you want something truly special, get in… Continue reading

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport
Car review: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

By Larry Lark, contributor Subaru has made a few tweaks to improve… Continue reading

T
Car review: 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

By Larry Lark, contributor The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Custom… Continue reading

2021 Lexus NX 300h
Car review: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

By Larry Lark, contributor The 2021 Lexus NX 300h luxury sports utility… Continue reading

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country
Car review: 2021 Chevy Tahoe 4WD High Country

By Larry Lark, contributor Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for short, in the… Continue reading

Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle. Courtesy photo
Car review: Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle

By Larry Lark, contributor Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle continues… Continue reading

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL
Car review: 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL

By Larry Lark, contributor Compact sedans are not in vogue now, but… Continue reading

2020 Honda Insight. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2020 Honda Insight

By Larry Lark, contributor Honda’s Civic and Accord have been bestsellers for… Continue reading

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor With each passing year Toyota continues to refine… Continue reading

2021 Toyota Corolla XSE. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Toyota Corolla XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor Toyota’s venerable Corolla received a bumper-to-bumper, wheels-to-roof transformation… Continue reading

2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

By Larry Lark, contributor Volkswagen’s full-size Atlas SUV received a bold refresh… Continue reading