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Meet the Diller Teen Awardee Providing Free STEM Education for Refugees in Chicago

Sabina London is a 2017 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam awardee. Shocked by how few other girls were in her high school Honors Chemistry class, she launched a youth-led non-profit STEM You Can!. Sabina turned one middle school and high school girls’ science camp into over twenty free STEM summer programs across fourteen states. STEM You Can! has developed […]

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One Year Later: Giving Back and Looking Forward

It’s been almost a year now since I received the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award for Game Changers New York (GCNY), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that I founded in 2016. Game Changers’ mission is to collect and distribute sports equipment to children in need in the US and globally. As of now, we have nearly […]

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Moving On and Growing Up: A Letter From TILE Founder Michael Ioffe

Three years ago, I started TILE in the basement of a theater in Portland, Oregon. I grew up desperately wanting to learn from the local innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs I looked up to. Near the end of my sophomore year of high school, with the help of some truly extraordinary teachers and mentors, I came to a […]

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Hosting My First Seder, Diller Style By Jackie Rotman

I was thrilled to receive support from the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards in hosting a Passover seder for my first time this year. Although I was far away from my immediate family, and from the town where I am living, I was able to bring together a community while traveling in New York. Fellow Diller Teen Tikkun […]

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Growing Together: Awardee Jordan Elist Funds Community Garden for LA School

2013 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam awardee Jordan Elist has a vision: community gardens that provide opportunities for hands-on learning. Thanks to Jordan’s efforts, an under-served Los Angeles elementary school now benefits from just such a garden, located on school grounds, next to the playground that serves the school’s 600 students. As an undergraduate at the University of […]

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Mentorship Spotlight: Michael Mellen and Jessica Markowitz

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards Committee member Michael Mellen and 2015 awardee Jessica Markowitz had never met when they were matched through the Diller Teen Awards’ mentorship program last winter. Nevertheless, they each brought curiosity and enthusiasm to the table at their first meeting over lunch in New York City. Michael had previously acted as a mentor and was interested in […]

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Committee Member Spotlight: Michael Jacobs

National Committee Co-Chair Michael Jacobs first joined the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awardsselection committee in 2015, when he was asked to fill the seat belonging to Danny Grossman, who had just become the CEO of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. “I always do what Danny asks me to do,” Michael quips. By then, Michael already knew […]

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A Year of Opportunity by Eli Wachs

It’s been an exciting year since I was honored with the 2016 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards for work with my nonprofit, High School HeroesX (HSHX). HSHX runs incentivized competitions for high school students to find innovative solutions to local issues. These challenges typically awarded the winning high school team less than $2,000. While this financial incentive […]

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Andrew Plotch in Cuba: An Essay in Photos

Andrew Plotch is a 2015 recipient of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. He spent the spring semester studying in Havana, Cuba and wrote about the experience for OnCuba Magazine in a piece entitled, “An American’s First May Day in Havana.” A burgeoning photographer, Andrew also composed photo essays capturing his experience on the Latin island.

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The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards: Founder and History

“You may ask why I have focused a considerable part of our philanthropic efforts on enriching the lives of teens and developing young leaders. What better way to leave a legacy than by empowering our youth to increase their knowledge of Jewish history and culture, and to become our future leaders.” –Helen Diller In 1997, Helen […]

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Meet the 2017 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards Recipients

Meet the fifteen teens — five from California, ten nationally — who have been selected for the 2017 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards in recognition of their leadership and outstanding efforts to repair the world. Julie Averbach (Short Hills, NJ): Comic Book Becomes a Platform for Sibling Support  Julie Averbach turned a Girl Scout Gold Award-winning project into a global initiative when […]

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Food and Friendship: An Interfaith Experience in Detroit By Adena Rochelson

This past summer, I visited Detroit on a volunteer trip organized by the American Jewish Society for Service. Our mission was to help rebuild the multifaceted community that is Detroit. It was on our second night there that I had the most meaningful meal of my life. We had finished our first day of volunteering at […]

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