Mini-MBA program seeks new teens

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The Bay Area’s Jewish Teen Foundation — described by one parent as “a mini-MBA” program — is looking for its next cohort of teen philanthropists.

The program helps teach about fundraising and grant making. The 2012-13 group of 96 teens raised more than $200,000 from 1,100 donors. They also decided how to disperse the money, making grants to agencies and nonprofits around the world.

Open to local Jewish students in the ninth through 12th grades, the program is jointly run by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.

Applications for new teen board members are available at www.jewishteenfoundations.org until Oct. 6. Groups meet in San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Mateo and San Rafael.

Program participants learn lessons about leadership, social issues, strategic impact and consensus-based decision-making. In the past 10 years, some 500 teens have been involved in the program, handing out $1.4 million in grants.

“We should be so proud that our next generation of community leaders has truly stepped up to learn about real issues and needs on the ground, and how to address them thoughtfully and head-on through philanthropy,” said Jennifer Gorovitz, CEO of the S.F.-based federation.