(St. Louis Jewish Light) — Jake Bernstein had been interested in volunteer work from a young age, when he saw the support that friends and neighbors provided his family during his father’s military deployment.
However, he found that opportunities to give back were few and far between for those under 18—and decided to do something about it.
The 19-year-old St. Louis resident was selected as one of the recipients of the 2013 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. The $36,000 award from San Francisco philanthropist Helen Diller recognizes teenagers who are involved with volunteer and social action projects. This is the first year that the award was available to teens outside of California.
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