J-Teen Leadership enhances connections to Jewish values and serves as a catalyst to pursue additional Jewish study and community service work. Our alumni have the self-confidence to get involved in campus life and assume leadership positions at: Hillels, Fraternities/Sororities, Clubs and college-based Community Service Programs.
Here is what some of our Alumni are saying about their J-Teen Leadership experiences:
Hayley Girsky, Emory University 2017
I learned a lot from J-Teen. I gained valuable leadership and development skills. I learned how to plan events. I met lots of new interesting people. I heard many unique stories of victims as well as participated in many other eye opening experiences.
Hillary Rieger, Barnard College 2013
It made me want to get more involved in the Jewish communities elsewhere in my life. As I went into college, I explored different aspects of my Jewish identity, in particular, the politics of Israel and the Jewish American culture.
Katie Connolly, Tulane University 2016
I gained the skills of being able to meet new people and interact more comfortably, as well as the knowledge on how even as just teens we are able to connect on a deeper level through our shared link of Judaism as well as our wanting to create a better world through cooperation and understanding.
Jessica Landsberg, University of Massachusettes 2017
J-Teen truly impacted my understanding of Community service. Every time I helped with a project such as Midnight Run for example; I felt that I personally helped those around me. It’s one thing to go and give money to those in need…It’s another to actually do it hands on.
Amanda Bilski, Washington University in St. Louis 2012
(Hillel Takkana Fellowship to Guatemala, Philanthropy Vice-President of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority)
“I never realized until I got to campus how unusual it is for people our age to have such an impact. J-Teen gave me the tools to feel confident and be proactive as soon as I stepped on campus.”
Meredith Bilski, Brown University 2014
“J-Teen Leadership has provided me countless opportunities beyond my bat mitzvah to make a difference in the world through projects within our community and in others including those in New Orleans, Iowa, Nashville and even Cuba. Through my involvement with J-Teen, I am confident that I have built a firm foundation upon which I can continue to act and inspire others to action, now as a college student and for the rest of my life.”
Zach Goldstein, Northwestern University 2014
“During my four year experience with J-Teen Leadership I learned that every individual, no matter age, race, or background, has the potential to change the world. The real challenge, however, is harnessing and improving these skills and ultimately putting them to action. J-Teen has helped me find my place, learn my strengths, and make a difference. At Northwestern, I am on the Promotions Committee for our big fundraiser, Dance Marathon, raising money for the Children’s Heart Foundation.”