Helen Diller Family Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Diller
Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, an awards program that recognizes up to 10
Jewish teens with $36,000 each for exceptional leadership and visionary actions
that are helping to repair the world. Up to five teens from California and
five from other communities across the country will be acknowledged for their
socially-minded volunteer service. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 5.
Area Philanthropist Helen Diller began a major commitment in 2007 to support
California Jewish teens who exemplify the spirit of tikkun olam—a
central Jewish precept meaning torepair the world. The
prestigious awards program has since expanded nationally, recognizing 40 Jewish
teens across the country with nearly $1.5 million dollars to support and
further their volunteer service projects and education. Last year’s
recipients came from California, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island, Missouri and
Past recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have
created a wide range of projects supporting various causes, including providing
clean drinking water to people living in third world countries, teen-based
websites that provide tools and resources for youth to pursue their own
community service projects, educational nonprofits that help those living with
Autism and Alzheimer’s and many more. Video of the 2013 recipients and their
projects is available here.
bolstering national recognition of the teens and their social action projects,
the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have nurtured a growing network of
young leaders. Awards alumni, who are already driven to make a difference, have
inspired and mobilized a “civic generation” committed to volunteerism. Past
recipients have been recognized by some of the world’s foremost institutions
and leaders, including the United Nations Foundation, The White House and
former president Bill Clinton.
teens are tomorrow’s leaders. It is our hope that this award will recognize
some outstanding young people who are already helping to repair the world,”
said Helen Diller, president of the sponsoring foundation. “By celebrating
Jewish teens committed to social action in innovative ways, we hope to inspire
many more young people to follow their example.”
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and their network of 155 Jewish
Federations throughout the country continues to collaborate with the Helen
Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community
Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, to
inspire and encourage Jewish teen volunteer service nationwide.
are thrilled to once more collaborate with and support the Helen Diller Family
Foundation as they so generously empower young Jewish philanthropists across
the nation seeking to make a real difference in the world,” said Jerry
Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA.
in its 14th year of giving, the Helen Diller Family Foundation has granted more
than $200 million to support education, the arts, medical research and
development, leadership training programs for teens, and many other charitable
QUALIFICATIONS FOR NOMINATION:
may be nominated by any community member who knows the value of their project —
except a family member— or may self-nominate.
candidate must be a U.S. resident aged 13-19 years old at the time of
nomination, and must self-identify as Jewish.
service projects may benefit the general or Jewish community, locally,
nationally or world-wide.
- Teens compensated for
their services are not eligible.
the online form at www.dillerteenawards.org
call (415) 512-6432.