Micro Grant Funding is Now Available for J-Serve 2019
J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Teen Service. In an effort to empower more communities around the world to participate and expand their Jewish teen service efforts, limited grant funding is now available for J-Serve 2019 - happening worldwide on [and around] Sunday, April 7, 2019!
NOTE: If you are applying on behalf of a #jserve2019 project occurring beyond/outside the U.S. & Canada, please complete the J-Serve 2019 Global Community Grant Application to access our abbreviated (and translatable!) form designed to ensure we get all the right information to best support your program goals!
Available Grants for #JSERVE2019 include:
Micro Grant - up to $500 (Applications accepted on a rolling basis, while funding lasts)
Open to all J-Serve projects engaging 10+ Jewish teens in partnership with at least one other local community movement/agency, whether teen or staff-led.
Since 2005, J-Serve has provided teens with a unique opportunity to unite through service as a global community of thousands committed to fulfilling the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Every year, Jewish teens around the world join together on this special day and throughout the spring to make their community and the world a better place.
The goal of J-Serve is to highlight the importance of service and social action, emphasizing the critical role teens play in bettering their communities by empowering young leaders to create and support impactful experiences that will mobilize Jewish teens in grades 6 - 12 across denominational and organizational lines to make a difference both at home and in the world. J-Serve and its endorsing partners are committed to the idea that serving others is not only a core tenet within modern Jewish values, but also that it's a key component of a life-long continuum that engages, maintains, and strengthens teen involvement in Jewish life.
J-Serve is a collaborative effort run by BBYO in partnership with Repair the World, Good Deeds Day, and YSA's Global Youth Service Day. The initiative is generously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, among others.
*NEW* for 2019: Redefining 'Service' to Empower More Teens
To mark the fifteenth anniversary of J-Serve, we’re excited to build on a strong foundation while continuing to evolve and modernize this global initiative by expanding the program’s focus to include to all forms of meaningful social action. Starting in 2019, participating communities are encouraged to explore new and exciting opportunities to ignite the passions of local Jewish teens by building experiences that highlight the value and impact of philanthropy, advocacy, life skills training, and more in connection with or instead of traditional direct service (read more here!). Potential ideas open for exploration may include, but are not limited to:
As you plan your community’s J-Serve project(s) moving forward, consider how this concept ‘refresh’ can open new doors to engaging more Jewish teens as part of a fun, educational, and inspiring program. Maybe you connect with a local business to build a high visibility employee/teen joint project, or perhaps you explore virtual advocacy or other skills training opportunities to reach teens who live farther away. Whatever you decide, lean into your creativity to create the ultimate, culminating spring service experience for Jewish teens designed to also celebrate your community’s yearlong commitment to social action.
Whether you’re just getting started or seeking new ways to up your J-Serve game, check out the J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit (bit.ly/j-servetoolkit) for a collection of tips, tricks and tools to help you translate passions into quality projects that speak to teen interests, skills, and creativity, with steps to guide you through key considerations before, during, and after the main event. Plan early and dream big!
Thinking ahead to up your game for #JSERVE2019? It's never too early to invite local elected officials or other community leaders to take part in your J-Serve project using our Community Leadership Outreach Letter Template.
*For all questions regarding J-Serve and/or available grant funding opportunities, please contact Rae Williams, J-Serve International Program Manager.*
**PLEASE NOTE: You must complete this online grant application in one sitting, and the final page of this application will request the E-Signatures of both a Staff and Teen representative of your J-Serve project - so please plan to complete this section accordingly. Our system does not allow you to save your application and return to it at a later time. We recommend that you type your responses into a Word document before beginning the online application to ensure you have a record of your inputs should you be unable to complete the application once you start for whatever reason.