The Denver/Boulder Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, which works to expand innovative teen-focused organizations in the Denver/Boulder area, received a grant of $1.08 million from RCF, which was matched by the Joseph Foundation to help the initiative achieve sustainability and add an UpStart Hub in the Denver/Boulder area focused on professional development for teens and young people.
The funding followed the release of an evaluation that found the initiative was offering teens programming they considered relevant and useful. The initiative was one of the early grantees of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative, a collaboration of national and local funders working to develop, nurture, and scale new approaches to teen engagement.
"Because of our investments in innovation, Denver/Boulder has an even richer ecosystem of Jewish teen programs that tap into the many different interests and ambitions of teens today," said Lisa Farber Miller, RCF senior program officer for Jewish life. "It is also exciting to see the evolution in our community and the ways organizations are communicating and collaborating with each other — all so Jewish teens can choose from a range of meaningful experiences, and all professionals working with teens have the opportunity to grow and learn together."