Children & Teens

JFCS is committed to providing leadership and growth opportunities for children and teens through meaningful volunteer experiences that form connection to community and develop a lifelong sense of responsibility to serve.

We have programs for young people of all ages so they can get involved and see the impact of their efforts.

Volunteer opportunities for children and teens:

KIDS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (AGES 8-12)

Kids take a fun and interesting deep dive into how a Jewish organization approaches giving help to others through a values lens. Each lesson will teach how JFCS lives its values while caring for the community. An interactive volunteer project such as creating handmade magnets for homebound seniors, decorating placemats for JFCS’ Thanksgiving food delivery program, or writing holiday cards to isolated individuals is part of the unique experience.

B’NAI MITZVAH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Pre-teens looking to fulfill service hours in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah can take part in a variety of volunteer activities. Opportunities include grocery delivery to homebound clients, clothing drives, virtual volunteering, and building relationships with older adults. B’nai Mitzvah students can explore different volunteering opportunities or engage with a single service project to create a meaningful connection with programs and clients. For any young person preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (AGES 14-17)

Teens join JFCS staff members and individuals from the People Living with Disabilities Program and have an opportunity to volunteer in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Participants receive monthly kits in the mail with supplies for their volunteering activities, which benefit different JFCS programs. Teens form new relationships with each other and members of the disability community creating a new and exciting sense of community.

TEEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (TEP)

This program for Jewish teens allows them to explore the meaningful and critical work that we do at JFCS through volunteering opportunities. TEP focuses on philanthropy and giving back as a way of life, instilling these values at a young age to plant the seeds for a future generation of leaders. Teens learn about philanthropy and how each department operates, embark on fundraising projects, and allocate money raised to various programs at JFCS.

In addition, many of our ongoing volunteer opportunities are open to children and teens, including grocery delivery and sorting clothing donations. To see a full menu of upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit: Volunteer Hub.

For more information on youth programming, contact Brianna Torres, Youth Service Coordinator, at 267.256.2261 or btorres@jfcsphilly.org.

Our Staff

Emalie Clamage, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager – eclamage@jfcsphilly.org

Brianna Torres, Youth Service Coordinator – btorres@jfcsphilly.org