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JFS Teen Leadership Programs provide local high school students with the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills while participating in meaningful ongoing service learning projects. Our goal is to support teens in developing skills to move into young adulthood, college, and careers smoothly, successfully, and responsibly.
In addition to extensive opportunities for hands-on service and project-based learning, JFS Teen Leadership Programs feature outside workshop presenters and speakers, include research-based leadership modules from Stanford University’s Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL), and provide opportunities for teens to connect with professional mentors.
Girls Give Back
Empowers the next generation of female leaders to create meaningful change in the world around them through leadership, empowerment, and service-learning. Teens learn about girls’ and women’s issues while developing social-mindedness, critical thinking, healthy self-esteem, and empathy. Teen-selected priority action items include: gender-based violence, empowerment of girls and equal rights.
Hand Up Teen Leadership
This nationally-recognized program offers high school students an opportunity to learn about social change while making a measurable impact on the community. Teens receive leadership development training and run food distributions, coordinate food drives and fundraisers, organize advocacy and education activities, and plan special events that support the Hand Up Food Pantry.
Hundreds of teens across San Diego support the Hand Up Food Pantry and work to alleviate hunger as members of school-based Hand Up Clubs.
Ladies Leadership Program
The Ladies Leadership Program is a weekly afterschool educational program that supports young women at Kearny High School EID who want to learn and work in the male-dominated fields of architecture, engineering and construction.
Manager, Teen Leadership Programs
Andrew has worked for JFS since 2008. He has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from SDSU, where he was very involved with Hillel and led a Birthright trip to Israel. In 2010, he was selected by Major League Baseball and People Magazine as an "All-Star" in the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign for his passion and commitment while working with the Hand Up Food Pantry. He enjoys his work because he finds it rewarding that a younger generation is making a difference in the community.
Coordinator, Teen Leadership
Daria grew up in San Diego actively participating in our Jewish community as a member of USY, BBYO’s B’nai B’rith Girl, attending High School Jewish Studies and Birthright. Daria completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a minor in Education at UC Davis and gained experience in youth development programs post-college.
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JOAN & IRWIN JACOBS CAMPUS
Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123
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