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Seeking teen leaders who...

show significant initiative and leadership in creating and leading a new initiative – or have considerably deepened or expanded an existing project — that embodies the values of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

All Candidates Must Be

  • Serving in a leadership role on a project aimed at repairing the world
  • Aged 13-19
  • Self-identified as Jewish
  • Residents of the United States
  • Volunteering without any compensation

2020 Deadlines

Nomination by an Adult or Peer

December 18th

Finalized Application

Complete Digital Application

January 8th

I Am a Jewish Teen Leading a Project To Repair The World!


Applications are open August through January
No nomination needed to apply.
Text DILLER to 31996 for questions or support.

I Know a Jewish Teen Leading a Project To Repair The World!


Nominations are open July through December

Project Involvement

  • Focus is placed on applicants’ work with respect to a single project
  • Candidates Must Have A Leadership Role - Either Creating The Project Or Contributing To It In A Way That Significantly Impacted It
  • The Project Does Not Have to be Directed at the Jewish Community

Submission Requirements

1. Online Application

Whether applying directly or accepting a nomination, all candidates must fill out an online application focused on their volunteer leadership efforts.

2. References

All candidates must include the contact information for three references within the digital application process. References are asked to be available (and may be contacted) to speak about the project and leadership of the applicant.

After Applying

  • All applicants will be notified of the results of the 2020 Awards in June.
  • Applicants receive an automatic confirmation message upon successful submission of an application form.
  • Applicants and nominees will automatically receive status updates as submissions are made on their behalf.

Important: If you do not see a confirmation screen, save your work in a word processing application before closing your browser and contact our office for technical support.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Proven commitment to the value and practice of tikkun olam
  • Demonstration of vision and creativity
  • Effective development and implementation of a project or organization
  • Dedication to the project over time
  • Ability to impact a growing number of individuals and/or engage a growing number of individuals in the project, either as partners, participants or beneficiaries
  • Ability to articulate in her/his own words the history, meaning and significance of the project, it’s goals, impact and potential to engage others
  • Note: Teens who have created and co-led projects with others are welcome to apply individually for the Tikkun Olam Award. In such cases, each applicant will be considered and evaluated separately, and no more than one applicant will be chosen as an award recipient.
  • Note: Teens are not eligible for the Award if they have a sibling who has received a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award in the preceding five years.