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.
It was a sunny weekend afternoon, and Daniel Zahn - aged 19 at the time - didn’t need to be inside studying. But, as he looked at the heads bowed in concentration and heard the tapping of computer…keyboards, he knew he was right where he belonged. A little over a year ago, Daniel co-launched F.O.R.M Consulting, which stands for Future Opportunities Reached by Mentorship. Through F.O.R.M., Daniel conducts essay-writing seminars and pairs college student-mentors with prospective students from underserved communities. Mentees get feedback on their writing and learn about scholarship opportunities. So… >> Read More
Even before #MeToo became a viral hashtag, Minnah Stein — aged 14 at the time — was working to educate and empower younger generations about sexual assault and harassment.
As she says,…“sexual assault and harassment don’t start in the workplace or in college. They begin much earlier. K-12 schools are breeding grounds for harassment and assault, and I want to stop this problem at the source.” After hearing a report on NPR that 1 in 5 girls will be sexually assaulted while in college (as will… >> 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
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
OLIVER STERN was born deaf. He underwent 20 surgeries at a very young age and got cochlear implants in order to recover his hearing. His parents describe that incredible moment when he was first able…to respond to their voices as a lightbulb going off. “They’d been banging pots and pans, trying to get my attention for so long,” says Oliver. He went to a school for children with disabilities and was taught how to adapt to his new hearing before transferring into a mainstream classroom. What Oliver learned at… >> Read More