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2018 Recipient

Helena Zimmerman

Purchase, NY | 16

2018 Award Recipient

When Helena Zimmerman initiated her service project in preparation for her bat mitzvah, she realized many other teens’ projects were limited to clothing drives and daylong clean-up projects, which provide critical services, but can feel short-term and ineffective. In coordination with a classmate, Helena has helped high school students find their own tikkun olam projects by co-founding TeensGive.org, a non-profit creating rewarding and flexible volunteer opportunities for high school students. With the help of a $120,000 grant from Google, TeensGive.org has grown to 4,000 student members across the country, with more than 200 volunteers tutoring students on TeensGive’s virtual volunteering platform. TeensGive.org also offers Counting Cupcakes, a workshop helping teen volunteers lead a team in creating a real-life bakery, while learning business and life skills they can teach to others. Helena also has received grants through her school made possible through The E.E. Ford Foundation and was honored with The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. She and her project have been featured in the Huffington Post and Greenwich Patch. Helena is currently writing a book about entrepreneurship.

TeensGive.org

Helena and her co-founder launched TeensGive.org to help high school students discover their own tikkun olam projects. With a $120,000 Google grant, TeensGive.org has grown to 4,000 members, with 200+ volunteers virtually tutoring students.TeensGive.org also offers Counting Cupcakes, a workshop where youth-led teams create real-life bakeries. Helena has received grants from The E.E. Ford Foundation and was honored with The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Currently, she is writing a book about entrepreneurship.