“The combination of Jewish values and social justice was a foundation of Operation 18,000, imparting the value of tikkun olam in teenagers across North America.”
Operation 18,000 was launched in 2013 to activate USY members to volunteer more and with greater focus. At the project's core was the creation of an online platform that utilized a matching algorithm to connect teens across North America to available volunteer opportunities in their local communities. The platform then tracked, measured, and publicized the teens’ collective efforts. During its first year, Operation 18,000 engaged more than 600 teens who volunteered a total of 32,686 hours. In 2014, Operation 18,000 became Operation 54,000.