18 Under 18 Nominations

Nominate an exceptional 9-12th grader by Friday, September 30th at 5:00pm.

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We are calling on YOU to help us honor teen leaders and changemakers who live out their Jewish values by working toward Tikkun Olam – making the world a better place.

Click here for more information about eligibility and program details.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominees should be current 9th-12th graders living in a county served by the JUF (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will).
  • Nominees should identify as Jewish
  • Nominees should have participated in, or are currently participating in, a Jewish communal program such as camp, youth group, religious school, volunteer program, educational program, Israel trips, etc.
  • Nominators can be teens, Jewish professionals or community members. Nominations made by teens themselves or by family members will NOT be accepted.

Important Dates

  • Nominations must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, September 30th.
  • Nominated teens must submit their applications by 11:59pm on Monday, October 31st.
  • Selected teens are required to participate in a leadership program on Thursday, December 15th.
  • Honorees will be celebrated at the Community Celebration in the spring, during which Honorees will speak about their Impact Projects.


For questions about the nomination and application process, please contact Rachel Alter at RachelAlter@juf.org.

Our team will review your nomination for eligibility and eligible teens will be provided with the Teen Application in early October.