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2021-22 Jewish Teen Foundation Grantees

Mission Statements

The mission of the Jewish Teen Foundation Leaders is to prevent antisemitism by educating future generations.

The mission of the Jewish Teen Foundation Officers is to take action against veteran homelessness via rehabilitation, employment resources, and long term support.

The 2021-22 participants awarded 6 grants to the organizations listed below for a total of $23,844.

Jewish Teen Foundation 2022
Nonprofits Working to Prevent Antisemitism
The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project

Grant Amount: $3,982
The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts, and memorial making. They teach social justice through lessons of the Holocaust, educating all about the dangers of hatred and bigotry to cultivate empathy and social responsibility.


Institute of Curriculum Services

Institute of Curriculum Services (ICS)

Grant Amount: $3,982
ICS improves the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, Jewish history, and Israel in the United States by working directly with publishers and digital content producers, developing standards-aligned curricula, and providing professional development to teachers nationwide.


USC Shoah Foundation

USC Shoah Foundation

Grant Amount: $3,982
USC Shoah Foundation’s mission is to develop empathy, understanding, and respect through testimony. The Institute strives to share experience and knowledge from genocide survivors, witnesses, and liberators through the Visual History Archive (VHA) to educate and stand against identity-based hate.


Nonprofits Supporting Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
Disabled Veterans of America

Disabled Veterans of America (DAV)

Grant Amount: $5,000
DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead highquality lives with respect and dignity. DAV accomplishes this by educating the public about the sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning from military to civilian life and ensuring that they have access to the benefits and resources they earned.


Father Joe’s Villages

Father Joe’s Villages

Grant Amount: $1,898
The mission of Father Joe’s Villages is to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time. They achieve their mission by providing outcome-based programs in the spirit of their CREED (Compassion, Respect, Empathy, Empowerment, and Dignity).


Metiv

Metiv

Grant Amount: $5,000
Metiv’s mission is to ensure that IDF veterans who experienced traumatic events during their service receive necessary mental health intervention. They do this by supporting Metiv’s Peace of Mind program. The veterans emerge with strengthened emotional and mental health, allowing for a healthier transition from military to civilian life.

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2020-21 Jewish Teen Foundation Grantees

Mission Statements

The Leaders (returning students) aimed to invest in organizations that help with food insecurity during Covid-19.

The Program Officers (new students) focused on organizations that support teen mental health.

The 2020-21 participants awarded 7 grants to the organizations listed below for a total of $23,000.

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Food Insecurity During Covid-19
Leket Israel

Leket Israel

Unique among all other organizations that serve the poor in Israel and food banks worldwide, Leket Israel’s sole focus is rescuing healthy, surplus food and delivering it to those in need through partner nonprofit organizations.


San Diego Food Bank

San Diego Food Bank

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and their North County Food Bank chapter are committed to providing food assistance and resources to the 350,000 people they serve every month and those affected by the Covid-19 crisis.


San Diego Hunger Coalition

San Diego Hunger Coalition

San Diego Hunger Coalition leads coordinated action to end hunger in San Diego County supported by research, education, and advocacy. Their vision is that everyone in San Diego County has enough food for an active, healthy life.


Yad Ezra V'Shulamit

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit

Founded in 1998, Yad Ezra V’Shulamit began by delivering food baskets to fifty local families. Since then, it has expanded into a nation-wide operation which includes weekly and holiday food distributions of thousands of baskets and children’s centers feeding over 500 children every day.


Teen Mental Health
Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS)

JFS offers individual counseling and support groups for youth, couples, families and adults across the lifespan; areas of specialty include mood disorders, bereavement, aging, domestic violence, and issues impacting couples and families.


Project Proactive

Project Proactive

Project Proactive aims to break mental health stigmas and proactively alleviate barriers to health through spreading awareness and education.


Refuat Hanefesh

Refuat Hanefesh

Refuat Hanefesh strives to create a Jewish community that is more aware, respectful, and empathetic to people living with mental illness. Their vision is a supportive community that openly discusses mental health, works to improve overall well-being, and readily comes to the aid of those experiencing mental health challenges.

2019-20 Jewish Teen Foundation Grantees

Mission Statements

The Leaders (returning students) cohort aims to invest in organizations that conserve and protect the environment.

The Program Officers (first-time participants) cohort aims to invest in organizations that help children with special needs. The 2019-20 participants represented 7 different high schools and 6 synagogues.

They awarded 7 grants to the organizations below for a total of $21,855.

Jewish Teen Foundation 2019-2020
Nonprofits to Conserve and Protect the Environment
Jewish National Fund

Jewish National Fund (JNF)

JNF is a nonprofit and United Nations NGO (non-governmental) organization that gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.


San Diego Habitat Conservancy

San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC)

SDHC is a nationally accredited land trust working since 2004 to acquire, manage, and protect land that supports sensitive habitats and species.


The San Diego River Park Foundation

San Diego River Park Foundation

The San Diego River Park Foundation is dedicated to fostering stewardship and appreciation of the region’s namesake waterway.


Nonprofits for Children with Special Needs
The Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle creates friendship in the lives of individuals with special needs and those facing isolation while providing an opportunity to become a contributing member of the community.


Shira Pransky Project

Shira Pransky Project

The Shira Pransky Project brings successful healthcare navigation to English-speaking Israeli immigrants. Their models of healthcare advocacy and information outreach empower all populations struggling in Israeli Healthcare to access their rights and the best possible care.


The Miracle League of San Diego

The Miracle League

This nonprofit provides opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities.


Yachad

Yachad

Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities is a thriving global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life.


Each organization received a grant in the amount of $3,122 from the Jewish Teen Foundation.

2018-19 Jewish Teen Foundation Grantees

Mission Statements

Central San Diego Cohort
The Jewish Teen Foundation aims to invest in organizations improving mental health welfare.

North County San Diego Cohort
The Jewish Teen Foundation aims to invest in organizations improving the welfare of domestic and wild animals.

The 2018-19 participants represented 7 high schools and 6 synagogues. They raised $28,800 to grant to the eight organizations below that best matched their mission statements.

Jewish Teen Foundation 2018-2019
Nonprofits for Mental Health
Crossroads

Crossroads

Grant Amount: $3,500
Crossroads provides prevention and intervention programs for at-risk English-speaking ​teens and young adults in Israel who are struggling with social, emotional, and/or educational difficulties.


Home Start

Home Start

Grant Amount: $4,650
To effectively prevent and treat child abuse, Home Start addresses the conditions that can contribute to risky or abusive situations. Their vision is for every child to have a safe, stable, and nurturing home.


Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service (JFS)

Grant Amount: $3,500
Founded in 1918, JFS is one of San Diego’s most impactful non-profit human services agencies – making a difference in the lives of more than 32,000 people every year.


North County Lifeline

North County Lifeline

Grant Amount: $2,700
North County Lifeline’s mission is to build self-reliance among youth, individuals and families through problem-solving, skill-building and accessible community-based services.


Nonprofits for Animal Welfare
Animal Rescuers without Borders

Animal Rescuers without Borders

Grant Amount: $3,500
This nonprofit all breed rescue organization operates in Baja, Mexico and San Diego areas to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome cats and dogs.


Greyhound Adoption Center

Greyhound Adoption Center

Grant Amount: $3,500
Since 1987, the nonprofit Greyhound Adoption Center (Houndsavers) has rescued, rehabilitated and found loving homes for thousands of greyhounds.


JSPCA

Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Grant Amount: $3,500
The JSPCA is Jerusalem’s largest animal shelter organization, housing up to 300 dogs and 100 cats at any given time. In addition, they have a vet clinic with emergency capabilities.


Lions Tigers and Bears

Lions, Tigers & Bears

Grant Amount: $3,950
Established in 2002, Lions, Tigers & Bears is a No Kill, No Breed, No Contact animal rescue, sanctuary, and educational facility located in east San Diego County.

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2017-18 Jewish Teen Foundation Grantees

Mission Statement

The 2017-18 Jewish Teen Foundation aims to improve the lives of those affected by homelessness as a result of domestic violence.

The 2017-18 participants represented 9 different high schools and the spectrum of religious observance. They awarded five grants to the organizations below for a total of $22,000.

Jewish Teen Foundation 2017-2018
Alpha Project

Alpha Project

Grant Amount: $4500
The Alpha Project strives to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.


Bat Melech

Bat Melech

Grant Amount: $4500
Bat Melech provides shelter, childcare, therapeutic counseling, legal services, and transitional aid to women and children who flee from life-threatening home situations in Israel.


Crisis House

Crisis House

Grant Amount: $4500
The Crisis House of San Diego responds immediately to stop the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness and connect families and individuals to crucial resources that empower them to renew their lives.


Home Start

Home Start

Grant Amount: $4250
Home Start’s mission is to assure the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and their communities. Their vision is for every child in San Diego to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment.


Shalom Task Force

Shalom Task Force

Grant Amount: $4250
The Shalom Task Force aims to prevent domestic abuse and promote peaceful family relations, and more specifically: a) to help access services for families who have suffered from domestic abuse; b) to provide other services as may be necessary, including without limitation, counseling, financial assistance, support services, and referral services; c) to provide educational programs about the problems of domestic abuse.

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2016-17 Jewish Teen Foundation Grantees

Mission Statement

The 2016-17 Jewish Teen Foundation aims to invest in organizations improving mental health treatment for teens as well as individuals affiliated with the military.

Jewish Teen Foundation 2016-2017
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

Grant Amount: $5,000 to Outside in Youth Program
The JDC works in 70 countries to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief for victims of natural and man-made disasters.


A Reason To Survive

ARTS: A Reason To Survive

Grant Amount: $5,000 to Student Services Department
ARTS is a nationally recognized, multidisciplinary creative youth development agency offering informal and professional creative experiences to build hope, confidence, and 21st Century life-skills among youth facing adversity.


Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service

Grant Amount: $2,500 to Positive Parenting Program
Jewish Family Service is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.


Mental Health Systems

Mental Health Systems: Teen Recovery Center

Grant Amount: $3,000 to Recovery Treatment Curriculum
Mental Health Systems is a non-profit agency founded in 1978 to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities facing substance abuse and behavioral health challenges.


North County Lifeline

North County Lifeline

Grant Amount: $4,600 to At-Risk Teen Barrier Buster Fund
North County Lifeline builds self-reliance among youth, individuals and families through problem-solving, skill-building and accessible community-based services.

2017 Check Presentation Ceremony