Imagine yourself on a Foundation Board where you evaluate programs and allocate money to worthy causes. How will you decide which ones to fund?

That is the focus of the Jewish Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Institute (TLPI). Teens begin learning about Philanthropy in the classroom, then quickly move to the field. Over 4 semesters of study, participants will:

  • Clarify their values and learn about giving from a Jewish perspective
  • Hear first-hand accounts from community philanthropists and community workers
  • Visit community agencies and learn about their work
  • Solicit and evaluate grant proposals
  • Allocate money to community agencies
  • Learn about foundations and legacy gifts
  • Meet and interview legacy donors
  • Engage in community service projects
Additionally, teens who study with the Institute over two school years may have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of a local community agency.
The institute meets at JTCentral on Monday evenings at Beth El Temple in West Hartford, is limited to 15 students and carries a $125 supplemental fee. The Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Institute is supported by the Jewish Community Foundation.