BJE Jewish Service Learning Microgrants, Apply Now!
BJE Impact: The Center for Jewish Service Learning awarded its first Jewish Service Learning Microgrant to CTeen of the Conejo, for a pre-Thanksgiving program for its teens. The grant of $1,200 allowed CTeen to pay for a bus and admissions to a local farm for its teens to pick produce that they then donated to the Manna Food Bank.
These microgrants, offered in partnership with the LA Jewish Teen Initiative*, are designed to mitigate program costs. The cap for grant applications is $2,000, with an estimated average of $700.
"The microgrant works to eliminate any financial roadblocks that may restrict a programor organization from participating in a Jewish service learning project", says Liat Vorobiev, Experiential Education Specialist at BJE.
In order to qualify, applicants must serve Jewish teens and include all aspects of Jewish Service Learning-- learning, action, and reflection. If a program does not meet these requirements, BJE Impact will provide free consultation to build these elements into a program.
"By providing free consultation to our grant recipients, the BJE works to promote lifelong learning," Vorobiev continues. "Essentially, we want this service learning project not to be the 'mitzvah' of the day but an experience that will change the way teens look at the world and their role in it."
To apply for a BJE Impact micro-grant, click here. Once your application is completed, a BJE Impact educational consultant will be in touch to discuss next steps.
For more information, contact Alisha Pedowitz, Director, Center for Excellence in Teen Experiential Education, at (323) 761-8621.
*Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative's BJE Impact Jewish Service Learning Microgrants,provided by BJE: Builders of Jewish Education, is a feature of the Janet and Jake Farber Teen Experiential Educator Network. The LAJTI is co-funded by the Jewish Federation of Grater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation, with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.