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Local teens create anti-bullying video through Springboard

Seventeen Chicago-area teens who participated in the first Springboard spring break program learned about the filmmaking process, Jewish values and social media.

Seventeen Jewish teens from 13 schools spent their spring break writing, filming, acting in and editing an anti-bullying video through  Springboard , a new initiative to increase the number of Chicagoland teens engaged in Jewish life.  

At JCC Camp Chi in Lake Delton, Wisc., participants in StudioChi learned about the filmmaking process, Jewish values and social media under the guidance of filmmaker Kobi Swissa. The group decided to focus their project on cyber-bullying, drawing on the Jewish values of kavod (respect) and chesed (kindness). 

Watch their film, "Be Kind. Be Respectful. Be Human," below.

Springboard Chicago is made possible by generous grants from the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, the Crown Family, and an anonymous donor. Those interested in offering a Springboard school break program next year should email to receive a copy of the request for proposals. Letters of intent for all interested program providers are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.


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