The New York City-based Jewish Education Project has announced a $9.2 million initiative to expand and improve summer programming for Jewish teens in the New York area, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.
Through its New York Teen Initiative for Immersive Summer Experiences for Jewish Teens, JEP will roll out eight programs designed to match the interests and needs of Jewish teens, including a Jewish surf camp, a theater program, and travel and community service opportunities. The initiative, which is jointly funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation, will provide financial support, personalized coaching, marketing assistance, and a series of interactive educational workshops for the organizations running the programs.
In addition, the initiative will fund a limited number of "innovative and emerging" programs, including a special-needs track as part of the Ramah Israel Seminar and an arts program called Pop Up NY.
"Summer is a great time to engage teens in Jewish experiences," said Jewish Education Project CEO Robert Sherman.