Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation Kicks Off 8th Year and New Alumni Program
Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation kicked off its 8th year last Sunday at Chicagoland Jewish High School! Thirty Jewish high school students from all around Chicago will spend the next year learning the ins and outs of grant making and will eventually allocate over $30,000 to Jewish charities. This year is going to be the most rigorous in Voices history and the teen board members are up for the challenge! For the first time ever, Voices will launch its first all day intensive retreat aimed at laying the grant making foundation for the rest of the year. In one day, board members will accomplish what was typically done in the first three months of the program, and will even spend some time volunteering at Pushing the Envelope Farm. Though it is up to the board members exactly how they will operate their grant cycle and which charities will receive the funds, they will learn to work as a cohesive team and make all of their decisions thoughtfully, strategically, and based on Jewish values and ethics. In addition to the updated curriculum, Voices is also launching its first ever Alumni Foundation for teen board members from last year's grant making cycle. These 8 returning students will work together to translate the skills they learned last year into their own independent philanthropy foundation. They will engage in a year-long fund raising campaign to fund their grant making and will also act as peer educators and mentors for the incoming Voices cohort. This is going to be the most excited year of Voices yet and we can't wait to see all of the amazing work the teen board members accomplish! Stay tuned for more updates!