cool teensMeet the Jewish teens who are making a difference in their communities. Brought to you by the Helen Diller Family Foundation. To learn more about the $36,000 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, visit www.dillerteenawards.org.
KATIE EDER, 17, was not a huge fan of writing as a kid. Especially not all the book reports and assignments that she got in school. But after getting injured in figure skating, her parents saw that…she needed a new way to express herself artistically and they signed her up for a creative writing class. It was the first time she experienced the magic of writing in her own voice. Finding your voice on the page is really at the heart of Katie’s organization, Kids Tales. It started out as 10 kids… >> Read More
ASA SCHAEFFER loved playing baseball as a kid. But he also knows what it’s like to be bullied or excluded from games. He saw that this was happening to many kids with special needs. Even in…2nd grade, those who were differently abled were being left out of sports games at recess. Asa decided he was going to give them the chance they deserved. So, he created the Santa Cruz Challenger Baseball League, where players who have physical or developmental disabilities are matched with Little League players as their “buddies.” In the… >> Read More
NATHANIEL GOODMAN was just seven years old when he wandered into his parents’ room and started fiddling with his dad’s camera. Nathaniel had always been fascinated by his dad’s family videos…and saw first-hand how they helped preserve memories, and even feelings. He also felt determined to use his love of filmmaking for communal awareness, to “pan out” from his personal experience of film and see how his lens could include a greater whole. In 2014, Nathaniel started his initiative Filmmaking For Good, producing promotional videos… >> Read More
When MICHAEL IOFFE was a freshman in high school, he cold-called as many business leaders and innovators as he could find to see if they’d come speak at a city-wide series of talks on the northeast…side of Portland, Oregon. He felt like the educational resources for some of his peers was seriously lacking, and he was determined to change that. “No” was the resounding answer. Until one leader paused and said, “If you get a hundred of your buddies together, I’ll do it.” A few years later, TILE, (Talks about Innovation,… >> Read More
JULIE AVERBACH is not princess of the Amazons, nor has she ever wielded a sword or shield, but she just may be related to Wonder Woman. That’s because Julie truly believes in the power of comic…book therapy and the way comics can empower real-life superheroes. As part of a project to earn her Gold Award for Girl Scouts, Julie wrote her own comic book – entitled Adventures From My World – to reach out to people who may feel lost or overlooked. With over 8,000 copies in print and being… >> Read More