Diller teen awards to expand reach

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, which traditionally have honored five California teens who have launched volunteer service projects, will expand nationally in 2013. In addition to the five Californians, five more teen volunteers from across the U.S. will be selected to receive $36,000 each from the Helen Diller Family Foundation.

Helen Diller with 2012 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award recipient Daniel Rosenthal. photo/drew altizer

The national call for nominations was announced by San Francisco philanthropist Helen Diller at a recent ceremony for the 2012 Tikkun Olam Award recipients. (Of the five, one was Bay Area native Daniel Rosenthal, whose service project brings volunteer magicians into hospitals.)

“What began as my simple idea in 2007 has exceeded my wildest expectations,” said Diller, president of the sponsoring foundation, at the Aug. 20 ceremony in San Francisco. “To see these teens living so thoughtfully and with compassion for the benefit of all is truly remarkable.”

Since the program began, 30 teens have been honored and the foundation has awarded more than $1 million. For information on how to nominate a teen, visit www.jewishfed.org/teenawards.