Teen Philanthropists Combat Food Insecurity with $3,600 in Grants

Teens in JTConnect’s Teen Leadership & Philanthropy Initiative (TLPI) culminated their intensive year of learning and work by awarding two grants totaling $3,600 to local organizations. United by a desire to make a difference in our community, the TLPI group chose to target food insecurity as where they wanted to make an impact. “Meeting withContinue reading Teen Philanthropists Combat Food Insecurity with $3,600 in Grants

JTConnect Welcomes Lauren Benthien as New President of Board of Directors

JTConnect announced at their annual meeting the appointment of Lauren Benthien as the new President of the Board of Directors.   “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with our Executive Director, Eric Maurer, our dedicated board and our area partners, to continue to support outstanding Jewish teen learning in the Greater Hartford community,” saidContinue reading JTConnect Welcomes Lauren Benthien as New President of Board of Directors

TLPI Accepting Grant Requests of up to $2,000

TLPI Food Insecurity Request for Proposal Accepting Grant Requests of up to $2,000 Mission Statement:  TLPI is a group of Jewish high school students committed to learning about philanthropy through a Jewish perspective and cultivating our kindness and generosity through the donation of time and money.  United by the core Jewish value of Tzedek, TzedekContinue reading TLPI Accepting Grant Requests of up to $2,000

Teens Raise Money for Sharsheret

TEENS RAISE MONEY FOR SHARSHERET On Saturday, February 20th, over 100 teens and community members came together virtually through JTConnect’s Pink Shabbat to raise awareness for breast cancer and raise money for Sharsheret (pronounced shar-sheh-ret), a nonprofit organization with the goal of supporting Jewish women diagnosed with breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  Pink Shabbat raisedContinue reading Teens Raise Money for Sharsheret

Local Teen Recognized by JFS For Innovative Solution

Late last year, JTConnect partnered with Jewish Family Services to create an Innovation Challenge, calling on teens in grades 8-12 to reimagine how Tara’s Closet could better serve the community in the time of coronavirus. Tara’s Closet comprises a dual mission: to provide free clothing to JFS clients in a confidential and dignified manner, and to raiseContinue reading Local Teen Recognized by JFS For Innovative Solution

Teens Pack over 150 Dignity Totes

In honor of MLK Day, teens worked with  Dignity Grows to package 150+ totes with much needed hygiene products for men and women. Dignity Grows™ provides menstrual products and hygiene supplies to neighbors in need so that they can fully participate in their daily activities. Teens met with Dignity Grows professionals and learned about the different issuesContinue reading Teens Pack over 150 Dignity Totes

Teens Help Organizations Respond to COVID-19

Teen’s in JTConnect’s Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative (TLPI) culminated their year by awarding three grants totalling $3,800 to local organizations.  Through TLPI, we have been learning about how to build community and create positive change by raising money and allocating grants to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Hartford Jewish community.”  said Zach Berkowitz (HallContinue reading Teens Help Organizations Respond to COVID-19

Apply now to be a part of our first cohort of Engagement Fellows!

This year we are excited to launch a Teen Engagement Fellows program aimed at training and empowering teens to be leaders in JTConnect and beyond. Fellows will reimagine programming for Jewish teens in greater Hartford, planning, executing and leading different programs for their peers. Our fellows will work on programs such as the Pumpkin Pie Bake, PinkContinue reading Apply now to be a part of our first cohort of Engagement Fellows!