Joseph Foundation Awards $2.2 Million for Jewish Teen Initiative

The Rose Community Foundation in Denver has announced a four-year matching grant of up to $2.2 million from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation in support of a Jewish teen engagement and education initiative.

The grant will match gifts from individual donors and local foundations in support of RCF's initial grant of more than $1 million over two years. The initiative is designed to increase the number and diversity of high-school-age Jewish teens participating in Jewish education and engagement experiences.

To that end, the foundation will work to expand the Jewish Student Connection's network of Jewish clubs in local high schools and start new clubs in middle schools; expand Moving Tradition's gender-based monthly discussion groups for Jewish teens; launch a Jewish Teen Initiative in Boulder; launch a pilot program that will provide microgrants and support to Jewish teens in greater Denver interested in creating Jewish experiences for their peers; and support the Jewish Youth Professionals Council, a network of Jewish youth professionals in greater Denver working to manage participation data, increase their mentoring skills, and provide outreach to the under-engaged.

"Rose Community Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with the Jim Joseph Foundation and many other funders to change the Jewish landscape for teens," said RCF president and CEO Sheila Bugdanowitz. "This is an innovative and incredibly dynamic initiative that has the potential to completely change the Jewish teen experience in the greater Denver community. We are very excited to work with our community partners to bring an array of new offerings to Jewish teens. A Teen Summit in 2010 helped lay the groundwork for this initiative, a common vision to create a more vibrant Jewish life and to develop more meaningful Jewish learning opportunities for teens."

"Multi-Faceted, Ambitious Jewish Teen Initiative to Launch in Denver and Boulder." Rose Community Foundation Press Release 07/14/2014.