Featured Opportunities

In addition to featuring upcoming events for Jewish teens on the Community Calendar. Here are some great opportunities that you won't want to miss. Make sure to check out this page regularly to stay in the know about holiday celebrations and other Featured Opportunities.

It’s finally summer! Springboard is here to help you connect with the Jewish community.


  • Presenting...ME! Bringing Your Story to Life in Applications on Tuesday, September 13 from 5-6:15 PM on Zoom: You will learn how to translate teen experiences into clear, compelling answers to common questions and how to stand out in a crowded field of applications. Parents will also benefit from learning tips and tricks to help your teens feel confident during application season. We are thrilled to partner with Daniel Shore, PhD, researcher and consultant with a background in Workplace Psychology, to help teens present their best selves when writing personal statements and applying to leadership opportunities. This program is free and great for high school students and parents of high schoolers. Sign up here! 

Ice Cream Socials

Join us throughout Chicagoland for ice cream, fun games, and to learn about some exciting ways to get involved in the Jewish teen community! This event is free and open to all rising 8th-12th graders.

  • Naperville on Tuesday, August 23 at Cold Stone CreamerySign up here! 
  • Lakeview on Wednesday, August 24 at Anshe EmetSign up here! 
  • Deerfield on Wednesday, August 31 at Rochelle Zell Jewish High SchoolSign up here!

Let's Chat & Chill

Let us treat you to ice cream or an iced coffee when you meet one-on-one with a Springboard staff member who can help you discover amazing programs. This opportunity is open to teens and/or parents of 8th-12th graders. Parents, if your teen is away this summer at camp, you can still meet with a Springboard staff member. These meetings are great for teens looking to try something new, aren't sure where to start, or have participated in many opportunities and just want to meet with a Springboard staff member to share your experiences.

See where you can meet with a Springboard below, then sign up for a specific time that works for you. Email BrittanyAbramowicz@juf.org if you don’t see a location that is convenient for you. 

Multi-Day Local Summer Programs

  • Camp TOV: Teens Make a Difference! From supporting local neighbors to combatting hunger, Camp TOV is a unique opportunity to make a difference all over Chicago this summer. Camp will run from August 8th to August 12th and is open to teens entering 7th-10th grade. Learn more and register here.

Camp Letters

Are you going to overnight camp this summer? Springboard wants to send you a special camp-themed gift while you are at camp! This gift will include camp-themed stickers and a letter. This gift opportunity is open to all rising 8th-12th graders in the Chicago area. 

Sign up to receive a camp letter and gift here.