(JTA) — Fifteen U.S. teens were recognized for their volunteerism with Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.
Each will receive an honorarium of $36,000 from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. The winners and their programs can be found here.
“Acknowledged for their exceptional leadership and commitment to social good, the teens have provided unique solutions to pressing social issues by developing projects that support public health, equality, education, environmental sustainability, and engagement opportunities for their peers,” the foundation said in a statement.
The program is in its eighth year. This year for the first time, the foundation is honoring 15 rather than 10 teens, including teens outside of California.
Since 2007, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have honored 55 Jewish teens with grants totaling nearly $2 million to further their philanthropic visions and education.
“The Foundation believes that supporting Jewish teens today creates future generations of strong Jewish leaders. These teens are not only our future, they are also passionate and creative, and will bring innovation and inspiration to the global Jewish community,” foundation president Helen Diller said in the statement.