This all started in 2013, when the Jim Joseph Foundation brought together several local and national funders of Jewish teen programming for discussions on expanding teen involvement in Jewish life. This Funder Collaborative included leadership from the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and began to design local teen engagement incubators in communities across the country.
Thanks to Cincinnati’s robust Jewish community, from its active congregations, youth groups and Hebrew high school programs, to the funding support and advocacy of the Jewish Federation and The Jewish Foundation, Cincinnati was chosen as one of only 10 communities to receive a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to develop innovative approaches to teen involvement. These 10 communities make up the national Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative, an unprecedented collaboration of national and local funders working together to develop, nurture and scale new approaches to teen engagement.
The grant was matched locally by funding from The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and is managed by the Mayerson JCC.