Jewish Family Service of San Diego Receives Funding for Groundbreaking Female Empowerment Program

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hadassah-logo-newSAN DIEGO (September 16, 2016) – Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Hadassah Foundation to support the Girls Give Back teen leadership program, which enables Jewish teen girls in San Diego to address the challenges faced by young Jewish women in meaningful, self-directed, and ongoing service learning and leadership development opportunities. During the coming year, 30 Jewish girls will participate in the program.

Through the use of a high quality, year-long curriculum – specifically crafted for Jewish teen girls – the program educates girls on gender inequality while helping them develop concrete leadership skills and empower them to actively engage in the San Diego community through volunteer work and service learning projects. 

“It is a tremendous honor for Jewish Family Service’s impactful Girls Give Back program to be recognized as a national leader in the development of young Jewish women. We are grateful for the Hadassah Foundation’s significant investment in Girls Give Back for the third year in a row, as it is vital to the program’s long-term sustainability,” explained Shana Hazan, senior director of strategic resource development at JFS.

The Girls Give Back program empowers participants to improve their self-image, build their confidence to take on future leadership positions, and develop meaningful relationships with Jewish peers. Under the facilitation of Krizia Puig, the new Girls Give Back coordinator, both returning and new participants will thoughtfully identify and prioritize gender equality issues to center on for new social action projects this year. Returning Girls Give Back members will lead the group’s Advocacy, Community Outreach and Middle School committees.

“The focus of this year’s program,” said Puig, “will be to unlock the teens’ creative potential while tackling important topics such as privilege and oppression; the social construction of beauty; body politics; sexual orientation; reproductive justice; violence against women; and feminism and technology, among others.”

Puig, a second-year graduate student of women’s studies at San Diego State University, recently presented information on the Girls Give Back program to Hadassah Southern California, the San Diego Jewish Academy, and Torah High School of San Diego. An information session held in early September attracted young women from diverse denominations of Judaism, including Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Reform, and secular (Jewish, but not religious). About 25 percent of program participants receive financial assistance to participate in the program.For more information, visit www.jfssd.org/ggb.  

About Hadassah FoundationThe Hadassah Foundation is an investor in social change for girls and women in the United States and in Israel. Since 1999, it has awarded grants worth more than $7.1 million to more than 80 different not-for-profit organizations in Israel and in the United States. In 2016, the Foundation awarded $550,000 in grants; six organizations in the United States – including Jewish Family Service of San Diego – received funds to foster leadership development among Jewish girls and young women.

About Jewish Family Service

Since 1918, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families working to build better lives. Operating throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley, the agency’s integrated services are focused around three goals: Empower Individuals & Families to Move Toward Self-Sufficiency, Support Aging With Dignity, and Foster Community Connection & Engagement. Many people first turn to Jewish Family Service with a specific need, such as job coaching or transportation, and that first contact often leads to a wide range of services, including counseling, education, nutritious meals, social connection, and more. JFS was named a 2016 California Nonprofit of the Year and has earned a ninth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator that highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities. To get help, volunteer, or to learn how JFS empowers change in our community, visit www.jfssd.org
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