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 Initiative (TLPI). Students learn about leadership and philanthropy from a Jewish perspective, then by visiting Jewish agencies and seeing first-hand the many services they provide, students learn about how our community is organized and supported.  They learn to analyze grant proposals, prioritize need and actually fund meaningful projects. TLPI teaches teens that they can make a tangible difference in the world, starting right now. Participants will:

  • Create real positive change
  • 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
  • Add substance to their resumes

Click here to download the TLPI calendar for 2019-2020 school year.

Click here to apply for financial assistance to participate in TLPI

  • TLPI meets on 20 Sunday afternoons from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford.
  • The first day of TLPI is September 15, 2019.
  • TLPI students are encouraged to join the JTConnect @ CBI teens for lunch at 11:30am.
  • TLPI is geared towards teens in 11th & 12th grade.
  • Tuition is $500.

Teens who complete TLPI have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of a local community agency.

The Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Institute is supported by the Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.