The Jewish Federation’s Teen Leadership Incentive Grants provide support for teens attending conferences through an eligible youth movement which fosters Jewish identity and leadership. Each participant may receive up to $150 for a program which is two nights or less, or up to $300 for a program that is three nights or longer. A participant may receive only one grant per cycle. Eligible programs are listed below.
Due to COVID-19, many planned programs for 2020-21 have been postponed or cancelled. The Jewish Federation is working closely with local youth movements to stay up-to-date about planned in-person gatherings for the spring and summer of 2021.
Teen Leadership Incentive Grants will be awarded to in-person gatherings (when safe) as well as virtual gatherings for the spring and summer of 2021. Grants for virtual gatherings will be awarded on a case-by-case basis, so please reach out to your local youth director to find out if the program qualifies.
The application is now open. Funds are limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for programs taking place through August 2021.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any teen residing in one of the five counties of the greater Philadelphia area (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery) who is participating in a leadership experience with one of the following organizations: BBYO, CTeens, NCSY, NFTY, Tzofim, and USY.
- Liberty Region New Member Weekend
- Liberty Region Tournies Convention
- Liberty Region Spring Fling
- Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC)
- International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC)
- International Kallah
- Perlman Summer (ILTC + Kallah)
T.G.I.S (Thank G-d Its Shabbat)-(Tri-State)
- TGIS is the signature CTeen Shabbat celebration. The annual International TGI Shabbat Weekend unites chapters worldwide in celebration of Shabbat. This retreat takes place for the local chapters in Tenafly N.J where 100 Jewish teens from the area spend a weekend together.
- Attended by over 2,500 International Jewish teens. This is the highlight of the year for many. This Shabbaton takes place in NYC with Shabbat being spent in Brooklyn. It’s a packed weekend with everything from fun times in Manhattan and experiencing Shabbat in a Jewish community with world-class speakers who are all at the top of their fields, This program includes an incredible takeover of Times Square where the billboards of Times Square are flashing photos and videos of Jewish teens in support of CTeens.
- A 5-day winter-break program where teens have the opportunity to learn about their Judaism through text and experiential study. Local teens are joined by teens from around the U.S., Canada and South America.
- A two day retreat to New York, where teens from around the Atlantic Seaboard region (Philadelphia, South Jersey, Baltimore, Potomac, and Virginia) come together to see Manhattan, gain Jewish inspiration and make new friends.
- A Shabbat experience in one of the most beautiful Jewish communities in New York. Teens from Philadelphia enjoy a Shabbat experience along with Jewish college campus professionals from various universities.
- The URJ Biennial brings together over 5000 Reform Jews from around the world. This is an opportunity to be in the “room where it happens” and sit beside leaders of our synagogues and communities, learn from the leaders of our movement, and share opinions and ideas on the future of Jewish life. We want to hear the voice of all current and future Jewish leaders. The Teen Experience at the URJ Biennial is appropriate for congregational teen leaders (temple youth group board members and others), NFTY regional board members, and aspiring leaders. Teens are invited to attend for the full Biennial experience, the Leadership Experience (Wednesday – Friday) or the Shabbat Experience (Friday – Sunday). Each day will contain special optional teen-only events and experiences in addition to the full menu of Biennial learning sessions, plenaries, networking and receptions.
NFTY-PAR WINSTY (Winter Institute)
- WINSTY is our social action winter event. This year it will be at Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh, PA. More than 100 Reform teens will come together from across our region to dive into social justice, social advocacy and hands on social action projects within the Pittsburgh community. Participants will learn why it is essential for leaders to be engaged with social justice work.
- Veida is NFTY’s Mid-Year Board Meeting and Elections. This coming February, Reform teens from across North America will gather at URJ Greene Family Camp in Texas for four days. Veida is for the leaders of each NFTY region to come together to recharge mid-year. The focus of the weekend is based around leadership development which includes the sharing of ideas, inspiring services, educational and motivational programming, social advocacy work and networking. Participants will leave Veida and return to their home region re-energized and invigorated with new leadership tools and programming.
Seminar Hadracha Ve’Manhigut (Counseling and Leadership seminar)
- Two night seminar for teens who are the CITs’ counselors (Madrichei Tet) and the teens who are responsible for the counselors (Meraczim Tseirim). During this seminar the rising Juniors and Seniors learn how to lead a team of counselors and how to guide and prepare future counselors.
Machane Teit (Camp for 9th grade – CITs)
- Four nights of camp which is part of the counselors’ courses. This camp helps prepare the future counselors of the Shevet. It gives teens tools to become a counselor and a leader in the Shevet and in the community.
Machane Shacbag (Camp for the counselors grades 10 to 12)
- Four nights of camp where Shevet Paamon counselors get together with counselors from all over North America. During this camp the teens learn more about Israel, and the connection between Israelis and Jewish Americans. They gain tools which enable them to become better leaders in their community and stronger ambassadors for Israel and for the Jewish community in their future endeavors, such as college.
- USY/Kadima conventions are unlike any other Jewish Youth Movements, with incredible programming, larger than life Ruach (Spirit) and wonderful people that become your lifelong friends.
Mizrach USY Conventions
- Mizrach USY conventions are definitely something you don’t want to miss out on! The duration of a convention is from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Some highlights include a fun-filled Saturday program like ice skating, interactive activities, meaningful prayer, and meeting so many other Jewish people just like you!
- USY conventions allow us to discover our Jewish identity, leadership skills and our individuality in the world. You will make so many new friends along the way that become your second family.
HOW TO APPLY
All recipients must complete the following steps to receive an award:
- Provide a completed grant application.
- Provide program registration confirmation.
- Complete the program in its entirety and adhere to all program policies and guidelines.
- Submit a two paragraph reflection on the experience at the program within two weeks of its conclusion.
HOW ARE FUNDS DISTRIBUTED?
Funds will be sent directly to the program. If you have already paid in full, it will be the family’s responsibility to see that they are reimbursed from their youth movement.