COAST CITIES — California’s Jewish youth have an opportunity to be recognized for their good works and be rewarded with $36,000 through the The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam awards. Nominations must be received by the Feb. 19 deadline.
The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognize young Jewish Californians who have distinguished themselves as leaders and have initiated community service projects that impact their communities in meaningful ways. Any teacher, civic leader, or nonfamily member may nominate a young California resident who is between 13 and 19 years old for the award.
The $36,000 award can be used however the recipient wishes. Most have used the funds for furthering their educations, developing their projects, or starting new endeavors.
Teens must self-identify as Jewish, though their community service projects can benefit the general community. Teens can nominate themselves, or be nominated by teachers, rabbis, community leaders, or anyone who knows the value of the their volunteer service and commitment — family members excluded. Teens must be residents of California, age 13 through 19 years old at the time of nomination.
Tikkun olam is the Hebrew phrase that literally means “repair the world.” The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award was established by Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller, to help identify, reward and encourage our next generation of leaders to follow their visions for improving the world around them and giving back to their communities. The awards are funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.