J-Teen Leadership is dedicated to empowering and inspiring Jewish teens from all backgrounds with leadership training, core Jewish values and community service, so they can start contributing to the Jewish community and the world- today!
J-Teen Leadership provides a platform for teens to develop a collective voice, address issues confronting society, connect to one another and be change agents in repairing the world. Recognizing that teens are critical thinkers who can mobilize and motivate their peers, J-Teen Leadership programming is teen-led, meaningful and fun.
What makes J-Teen Leadership unique is that teens plan and lead projects.
Based in Westchester, we welcome teens of all backgrounds and affiliations from the New York Tri-state Region. Today we engage teens representing over 20 different high schools, 30 communities, and 40 synagogues and faith-based programs.
Through local service projects and hands-on service trips, with skill building in leadership, advocacy and philanthropy, we do our part to improve the world (Tikkun Olam).
We all lead incredibly busy lives so we tailor programming to manageable time commitments that is recognized with service hours and awards. With the help of adult allies, we are able to achieve incredible results and provide programs that are empowering, collaborative and fun. We hope to see you at an upcoming project!
J-Teen Leadership grew out of a pilot project launched in 2005, by two high school sophomores.
With the support of UJA-Federation of New York, the teens organized a service trip to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. They worked with displaced hurricane victims living in FEMA trailer villages. The teens made a promise to the people they visited that they would not be forgotten. J-Teen Leadership organized additional supply drives and made two more trips to the trailer villages in Baton Rouge before they were closed in 2008.
J-Teen Leadership has grown to involve 500+ teens annually in hands-on service and advocacy projects under the guidance of dedicated teen Co-Chairs and the Leadership Circle, which consists of a core group of teens who meet monthly. Our growing Alumni Council reconnects regularly and helps to mentor the Leadership Circle.