Do you know a teen with a passion for making the world a better place? The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards are seeking nominations of exceptional Jewish teens leading meaningful community service and social change initiatives. The national award annually recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens with $36,000 each towards their project or education. Up to five teens from California and ten from across the United States will be recognized for their exceptional leadership and impact in “repairing the world.”
Teachers, Civic Leaders, Teen Mentors —anyone interested in nominating a teen, or any teen interested in applying—can visit www.dillerteenawards.org to begin the nomination/application process. The deadline for nominations is December 18, 2019, and the deadline for applications is January 8, 2020. Self-identified Jewish teens who are 13 to 19 years old as of January 8, 2020, are eligible. Teens who have applied in the past are also eligible to reapply.
Since its inception in 2007, the program has awarded more than $4.5 million to 129 teens in recognition of their vision, innovation, and leadership.
“Nominating a teen for the Tikkun Olam Awards is a wonderful opportunity for educators, civic leaders, and teen mentors across the country to recognize young Jewish leaders who are creating meaningful change at home and across the globe,” said Jackie Safier, Helen Diller’s daughter and President of the Helen Diller Family Foundation. “We hope the Awards encourage and catalyze a generation of Jewish teens in their ambitious work to repair the world.”
A short documentary-style film profiles the 2019 recipients, illustrating the passion, impact, and leadership behind each teen leader. Past recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have made their mark through projects that advocate for a wide range of causes, including: children’s health, homelessness, supporting refugees, creating safer communities through gun safety measures, international literacy, leading STEM programs to empower girls, advocating for dialogue across demographics, and providing resources for special needs families.
Beyond bolstering national recognition of the teens and their projects, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards fosters a growing network of award recipient alumni who collaborate to form new partnerships, expand existing organizations, and continue striving towards a better world.
Awardees have been recognized by some of the world’s foremost institutions and leaders, including the United Nations Foundation, the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, Forbes 30 Under 30, The Jefferson Awards, CNN Heroes, and the Nickelodeon HALO Awards.
TO NOMINATE: Applications will be available in October. Complete the online “Nominate” form found at www.dillerteenawards.org. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 512‐6432.
The deadline for nominations is December 18, 2019, and the deadline for applications is January 8, 2020.