Area teens raise $176,000 for international causes

The Bay Area’s four Jewish Community Teen Foundations announced grants totaling $176,000 during recent ceremonies in Mill Valley, Foster City, Palo Alto and Piedmont.

The Jewish Community Teen Foundations teach teens about philanthropy and social change through hands-on learning, in which they raise money and make informed decisions about how to allocate those funds. They also learn how to develop a mission statement.

The program, sponsored by the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, includes training on philanthropy, fundraising, strategic grant-making, grant proposal evaluation, leadership and consensus skill building.

Last year, Bay Area Jewish teens in the four chapters raised more than $162,000 to help people in need across the Bay Area and the world.

This year, 94 teenagers raised $176,000, which was awarded to 32 nonprofits. The work of the recipients focuses on promoting sustainable agriculture, improving health care for vulnerable populations, helping underprivileged youth in Israel and Southeast Asia and supporting the basic needs of people in war-torn countries.

The recipients’ projects range from solar-powered grain mills in northern Uganda to scholarships for Vietnamese children who otherwise couldn’t afford school to community gardens in Israel, Guatemala and Honduras.

The teens who raised the money for those grants did so as members of one of four Jewish Community Teen Foundations: San Francisco/Marin, the South Peninsula, the North Peninsula and the East Bay. The grants were announced last week at ceremonies.

For more information and a complete grant history, visit www.jewishteenfoundation.org.