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Along with some 10,000 teens from around the world, more than 500 of Atlanta’s Jewish teens (grades 6 through 12) will participate in community service and improvement projects as they join in for J-Serve, an international day of Jewish youth service set for April 28.

Atlanta Jewish Teens volunteer with MedShare for 2012’s J-Serve. PHOTO / MJCCA

Atlanta Jewish Teens volunteer with MedShare for 2012’s J-Serve. PHOTO / MJCCA

Since 2005, J-Serve has been part of Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Initiative. By participating in these community service projects, teens see first-hand how their actions have a direct impact on our community’s future.

“Our local teens are so looking forward to the 2013 J-Serve program, as the Atlanta community will work together towards the Jewish ideal of tikkun olam,” Amy Helman-Darley, MJCCA’s Teen Community Outreach Associate said. “We hope this will inspire more teens to get involved in community service in Atlanta.”

Brooke Gillman, a senior at Centennial High School and J-Serve veteran, has been so inspired by previous efforts that she decided to take on a larger role this year.

“Being a part of the J-Serve Leadership Committee has enabled me to fulfill my passion, on a local level, of giving back to the community,” she said. “It has also enabled me to connect with other Jewish teens in Atlanta who share my interests and further connected me to my Judaism through performing mitzvot.”

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For this year’s iteration of the annual event, Atlanta volunteers will have the opportunity to choose from more than 15 community service and advocacy projects. To list just a few of the Atlanta J-Serve 2013 projects:

— Shattering the Myths, a teen drug and alcohol awareness workshop

Amy’s Holiday Party, an afternoon dance for underprivileged teens

A soccer and walking club workshop with the Blonder Family Department for Developmental Disabilities

A visit to the Cohen Home to play games with the residents

enAble of Georgia, a party for children with special needs

Activities with the Friendship Circle for children with special needs

Beautifying the grounds of HomeStretch houses for otherwise homeless working Atlanta families

Hunger and Poverty in Our Community, a two-part series on hunger and poverty awareness

7 other options!

Atlanta’s J-Serve programming is hosted by the Teen Community Service (TCS) program of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in conjunction with 24 partnering organizations. For more information, contact jserve@atlantajcc.org. 

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