The Helen Diller Family Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, a program that recognizes and empowers up to 15 Jewish teens annually with $36,000 each for exceptional leadership and impact in volunteer projects that make the world a better place. Up to five teens from California and ten from other communities across the United States will be acknowledged for their philanthropic efforts.
Past recipients have been honored for changing attitudes about bullying and special needs through peer-to-peer programs, outfitting a school district with solar power, building water wells in Tanzania and Nicaragua, improving life for kids with incarcerated parents, fighting hunger and promoting nutrition in low-income communities.
Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller created the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards in 2007 as a way to recognize the next generation of socially committed leaders whose dedication to volunteerism exemplifies the spirit of tikkun olam, a central Jewish precept meaning to repair the world. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have since granted a total of more than $2.5 million to 70 Jewish teens from across the nation. A special documentary-style video, now available at www.dillerteenawards.org, brings to life the accomplishments, creativity, and passion of the 2015 recipients, who were honored this past August in a celebratory luncheon.
Teens may be nominated by any community member who knows the value of their project — except a family member— or teens can also self-nominate.