INSPIRE your teens to make a difference in the lives of others while enriching their own experiences and empowering them to change the world for the better.
BetterToServe is a Jewish service-learning grant program for 10-12th grade students. Central to the program are:
Dedicated learning of Jewish texts and concepts related to service and
Sustained volunteer service in the community in one issue area
Accepted programs will run two teen cohorts over a two-year period to tackle your community’s pressing needs. Teens will learn Jewish ethics of caring for others and work in partnership with a local or national Jewish social service organization to do meaningful service in the local community. Through an interactive website and national webinars, students will become part of a national cohort of their peers.
In its pilot years (2022- 2024), only high school programs that have successfully implemented a BetterTogether program will be considered.
The project must be supervised by a teacher, school administrator, or project director who is deeply committed and passionate about Jewish service and service learning.
The leader will need to commit to participating in a 2-hour online training in the summer of 2022 and sharing experiences with other participating schools.
The teens may choose one of the following service categories to focus their volunteer efforts:
• Poverty (including food insecurity)
• The Environment
• Caring for Jewish Cemeteries
• The Elderly/Holocaust Survivors
•Inclusion and Disability
Important note: advocacy work in these areas will not qualify as volunteering.