$36,000 awards available to Jewish teen volunteers


The Helen Diller Family Foundation is taking applications for 15 grants of $36,000 each that will be given to Jewish teens "committed to social action service."

The annual awards go to teens who show exceptional leadership and impact in volunteer projects that make the world a better place, foundation officials say. As many as five of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards grants will go to California residents.

Since 2007, the program has awarded over $3 million to 99 teens who have tackled issues such as homelessness, bullying, food insecurity, health disparities, social and economic inequalities, and education gaps.

Teens may nominate themselves or be nominated by teachers, civic leaders, rabbis or anyone but immediate family members.

Go to find more information and applications.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 18, and for applications, Jan. 8.

Self-identified Jewish teens who are 13 to 19 years old on Jan. 8 are eligible. Teens who have applied before may reapply.

Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller began the program in 2007 to recognize and encourage the next generation of social changemakers embodying the spirit of tikkun olam, a Jewish precept meaning to repair the world.

Barbara Wood


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