There is still time for you to nominate an outstanding teen for the The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, a program that recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens with $36,000 given to each one for exceptional leadership and visionary actions that are helping to repair the world.
The teens, five from California, and ten from other communities across the country, will each be acknowledged for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education.
Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, January 19, 2014. Application and additional references are due two weeks later, on Sunday, February 2, 2014.
Past recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have created a wide range of projects supporting various causes, including providing clean drinking water to people living in third world countries, teen-based websites that provide tools and resources for youth to pursue their own community service projects, educational nonprofits that help those living with Autism and Alzheimer’s and many more.
Bay Area Philanthropist Helen Diller began a major commitment in 2007 to support California Jewish teens who exemplify the spirit of tikkun olam—a central Jewish precept meaning to repair the world.
The prestigious awards program has since expanded nationally, recognizing 40 Jewish teens across the country with nearly $1.5 million dollars to support and further their volunteer service projects and education. Last year’s recipients came from California, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island, Missouri and Massachusetts.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR NOMINATION
• Teens may be nominated by any community member who knows the value of their project — except a family member— or may self-nominate.
• Each candidate must be a U.S. resident aged 13-19 years old at the time of nomination, and must self-identify as Jewish.
• Community service projects may benefit the general or Jewish community, locally, nationally or world-wide.
• Teens compensated for their services are not eligible.