Awards of $36,000 to USA Jewish teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 to recognize outstanding leadership in community service. Awards will recognize teens who have demonstrated initiative in the creation of new projects or the expansion of existing projects that embody the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world).
To qualify, applications should:
Focus on a single project or initiative led by the applicant
Demonstrate that the applicant has made a significant and impactful contribution in a leadership role, either in initial project creation or over time
Show the project’s measurable impact
Provide a clear articulation of an issue area, geographic region, and community that the project serves
The project can serve the Jewish community or the broader community
Applicants and nominees must be:
- 13-19 years old (on January 5, 2024)
- Identify as Jewish
- A resident of the United States
- Volunteering without any compensation
- Currently serving in a leadership role on a project or initiative that embodies the values of tikkun olam — repairing the world
The Award recognizes individual leadership, so teens may not submit one application together. Multiple teens currently working on the same project can apply individually, if they are each eligible.
The Award focuses on the established and demonstrated leadership of applicants currently working on one specific project. Applicants are not awarded for a concept that has not yet been initiated or is still in its very early stages. The application asks about the impact your project has, and you will need to be able to show through metrics what has been accomplished.
- All Applicants Will Be Notified of their Status
- Application Deadline - January 5th, 2024
- Semi-Finalist Announcements - March 2024
- Finalist Announcements - April 2024
- Awardee Announcements - June 2024
Applicants will receive an email confirmation message within 24 hours of successfully submitting an application form. Applicants will receive status updates as the selection process moves into semifinalist and finalist rounds, in March and April. Awardees will be notified in late May.
This is an Award that can be used to help fund your education but is not specifically a scholarship. Some recipients choose to direct some of the funds toward their project/initiative and some toward their education. Awardees can choose how to allocate the Award.
Benefits of the Award:
- $36,000 that can be applied to the Award recipient’s education or initiative
- An Awards celebration weekend in San Francisco, including a weekend retreat (shabbaton) with other Award recipients, alumni, and program leadership
- Connection to a network of fellow changemakers and leaders
- Media opportunities to elevate visibility for the Awardee’s project
- Ongoing support and guidance from Awards leadership to strengthen your impact