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.
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
EVAN BARNARD’s favorite memory of growing up in Georgia is volunteering with the Chattahoochee Nature Center and National Park Service. He loved the hands-on experience of connecting visitors with…nature and wildlife. He soon started volunteering with The Nature Conservancy too, where he helped repair a braille nature trail that had been vandalized. He couldn’t understand why anyone would wreck these resources for people with disabilities, and vowed to make nature trails more accessible to all. Nature for All is Evan’s award-winning organization that… >> Read More
When GABRIELLA COOPERMAN started her first lemonade and cookie stand, passerby’s thought it was “cute.” They didn’t know that Gabriella was dedicated and determined. This wasn’t just…something to do with her afternoon to earn a few bucks. This was to raise money for hippotherapy, or therapeutic horseback riding. Cookies for Charity grew out of Gabriella seeing her sister with special needs benefit greatly from hippotherapy. She grew and flourished at Equestrian Connection–a local non-profit therapeutic horseback riding center in Lake Forest,… >> Read More