August 31, 2013
For a second consecutive summer, BB Camp was selected to participate in The Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) initiative - a youth philanthropy project of the Jewish Funders Network. JFTN awarded grants to over 35 summer camps from across denominational lines and around North America. As a participant in this youth philanthropy program, BB Camp receive $1,000 and and leadership training to develop high-quality teen philanthropy programs to distribute to worthy charitable agencies that support the teen's mission statement. An additional $500 was also provided for operating cost recovery.
This past summer, BB Camp's LTP group was involved in a series of workshops, site visits and selection process to distribute the $1,000 to worthy non-profit organizations. As the Camp has identified a priority to support local initiatives in its summer community, the LTP'ers focused its attention on learning about agencies that support the homeless and vulnerable groups, particularly youth and women and awarded it funding to the Kenora Fellowship Centre to purchase new mattresses to support its temporary residents and to Saskaate House, a women's shelter for program supplies.
The LTP'ers were so moved by the work of the Kenora Fellowship Centre and Saskaate House, that it also prepared homemade soup as part of the Summer Stock initiative to both organization to help provide nourishment and comfort to the respective residences.
Over the past two years, BB Camp's LTP group has directed funding opportunities to Saskaate House (a women's shelter in Kenora), the Kenora Fellowship Centre (an agency that provides food and shelter to the homeless), the Kenora Sunset Country - providing funding for mental health programs to teens and to the Jewish Child and Family Services to support campership funding.
Recognizing the potential of Jewish youth philanthropy programs to empower and educate teens about effective philanthropy and Jewish values, JTFN works closely with grantees on program development and staff training.
Through the JTFN Camping Program, each of the participating summer camps created a Jewish teen foundation, in which campers work together as a “foundation board,” gave away real money to non-profit organizations of their choosing. Throughout the grantmaking process, the participants reviewed grant proposals from non-profit organizations, made site visits to potential grantees, and determined which organizations to support, the philanthropists-in-training examined Jewish texts, traditions, and values related to giving. Nationally, the program encourages campers to “learn by giving” and will generate at least $20,000 in grants, with each teen foundation awarding a minimum of $1,000 in grants. The JFTN program is generously supported by the Maimonides Fund.
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