Teens Nationwide Now Eligible for Diller Teen Tikkun Olam AwardsSeptember 19, 2012
The Helen Diller Family Foundation is expanding the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, issuing a national call-for-nominations to identify Jewish teens whose volunteer service projects demonstrate a determined commitment to make the world a better place. Up to ten selected teens, five from California and five from other communities across the country, will each be acknowledged for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education. Nominations are now being accepted; the deadline for nominations is January 6, 2013.
What started as a simple idea for Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller in 2007 has grown tremendously since its inception, and the Helen Diller Family Foundation has given more than one million dollars to 30 teens to further their visions of tikkun olam.
“It has been a joy to celebrate so many incredible Jewish teens over the past six years, and to support them in their efforts to repair the world. This opportunity to empower and nurture teens throughout the entire United States is a dream come true, and a simple way to foster the spirit of tikkun olam among our future leaders.” -Helen Diller
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and their network of 155 Jewish Federations throughout the country will collaborate with the Helen Diller Family Foundation to publicize the awards and garner nominations.
“We applaud those who demonstrate such dedication to Jewish values and service at a young age,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA. “The Helen Diller Family Foundation is known for its commitment to providing enrichment opportunities that truly do change lives. We are delighted to collaborate with them on this innovative program, which will help create a vibrant future for the Jewish People.”
Learn more about past recipientsof the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards here.