Teen Funders of Sacramento

Reasons to join the NEW and EXCITING Teen Funders of Sacramento Program

**The deadline to return completed applications is August 19th, 2021.

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A New and Exciting JCFWest Program for Youth!

Teen Funders of Sacramento (TFS) is a youth philanthropy program run through the Jewish Community Foundation of the West, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, that teaches Jewish middle school and high school students about philanthropy, Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (charity) through engagement with local non-profit organizations and philanthropic mentors. Teens will learn grant making, collaboration, consensus decision making and constructive discourse skills while building community relationships and connections.

Time Commitment*

  • Virtual meetings (In-person meetings should new COVID guidlines permit, we will update families in the late summer) Sundays at 5pm for an hour.   2021/2022 Dates are:

September 19, 2021
November 21, 2021
January 9, 2022
March 20, 2022
April 10, 202
June 5, 2022

  • The Civic Track Component requires 3-5 hours of research with a non-profit of the teens choice done over the course of the program.
  • The Philanthropic Mentorship Component requires teens to meet for 3-5 hours over the course of the program with their philanthropic mentor, respecting and following COVID-19 guidelines
  • Community Service Hours will be provided for program participation

What to Expect

Participants will:

  • Research – Seek an in-depth understanding of mission-aligned nonprofits through research, informational interviews, and volunteering.
  • Report – Share learnings with your fellow TFS participants
  • Decide and Allocate – Discuss, debate, and come to a consensus on which nonprofits will receive funds and how much money to allocate to each grantee.
  • Communicate – Inform selected nonprofits about the awarded funds and discuss the future of their project.

Benefits of our Program

Make Lasting Connections

TFS teens will participate in team building and then work in cohorts throughout the program to learn how to think philanthropically and maximize their impact - all while building new relationships and having great social opportunities.

If accepted into the program, here is how the journey begins for both teens and parents:

There will be three virtual orientations – one for teens, one for parents and one for our Philanthropic Mentors – to receive the TFS schedule, gain deeper insight into the program’s impact, and have all of your questions answered.

All further meetings are just for teens.

*COVID-19 restrictions will be respected although contingency plans will be in place for in-person programming when restrictions are lifted.

**The deadline to return completed applications is August 19th, 2021.