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Diller Teen ‘Tikkun Olam’ award seeks nominations of Jewish teens making a difference in the world

By Theresa Harrington
Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 4:14 pm in Education.

Do you know a Jewish teen who is trying to improve his or her local community — or the world — through community service?

If so, he or she could be eligible to receive one of five 2012 Diller Teen ‘Tikkun Olam’ awards of $36,000 each.

Here are more details, from a news release:

“Now in the sixth year, the coveted Diller Teen ‘Tikkun Olam’ Awards provide one of the most prestigious and rewarding opportunities for Jewish teenagers in the state of California. Recognizing a wide range of community service and social action projects, the awards are given annually to up to five young volunteers who demonstrate leadership and commitment to making the world a better place. Recipients are each awarded $36,000 to be used to further their education, to expand current projects or to explore new possibilities.

‘Tikkun Olam’ is (a) central precept of Judaism that translates to ‘repair of the world.’ The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have created exciting opportunities for past recipients, who have since engaged with world leaders, celebrities and internationally-known sports figures. Recipients have harnessed media and public attention to develop awareness, partnerships and truly make a difference in the world.

Established by Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller, who has given more than $200 million over the past decade to charitable projects supporting education, the arts, medical research and leadership training for teens, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards aim to celebrate and encourage the next generation of Jewish leaders who are already pursuing their visions for significant social change. The award is funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation.

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN VIA A SIMPLE ONLINE FORM

WHO: QUALIFICATIONS FOR NOMINATION:

- Teens may be nominated by teachers, community leaders, rabbis, or anyone who knows the value of their volunteer service and commitment —EXCEPT family members. Teens may also nominate themselves.

Each candidate must be a California resident aged 13-19 years old at the time of nomination, and must self-identify as Jewish.

Community service projects may benefit the general or Jewish community.

Teens remunerated for their services are not eligible.

TO ENTER: Complete the simple online nomination form at http://www.jewishfed.org/teenawards/process. For more information: http://www.jewishfed.org/diller/teenawards; (415) 512-6437; dillerteens@sfjcf.org.

NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JANUARY 6, 2012.

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