Youth Engagement

Meaningful Jewish experiences are known to offer significant benefits to the positive and healthy development of youths. UJFT offers impactful engagement that gets Jewish teens involved in the Jewish community.

Volunteering

Giving your time and talents is a rewarding way to engage with UJFT and its partners. Whether it’s delivering Kosher Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, making calls during our annual fundraising phone-a-thon, or visiting patients in homes and facilities across Hampton Roads, volunteering not only supports Federation, but helps those in need. Click here to learn more.

B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO)  

The B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) is the largest Jewish teen organization in the Tidewater area. Teens meet weekly at the JCC to program within the folds of BBYO. Activities involve community service, socials, athletics, social action and Judaic. BBYO also has several conventions a year as well as summer leadership programs and trips to Israel. Being a part of this organization not only allows your teen to be with other Jewish teens, but guides your teen into leadership positions for the future. BBYO is open to all Jewish 9th – 12th graders. Click here to learn more.

Year-Round Counselors in Training Volunteer Program (C.I.T)

Join other high school students in our counselors in training (C.I.T) volunteer program. The goal of the program is to teach teens about working with children in a positive and nurturing environment while also providing them leadership skills and hands-on experience. Students are required to commit to one day a week from 3:30pm - 4:30pm and Sunday meetings once a month. CITs can earn community service hours for National Honor Society as well as other high school programs. Also, if a CIT completes the year-round program, they may come and be CIT’s during camp on a weekly basis without needing to commit to two consecutive weeks.

B’Nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation is very excited to debut an exciting new program just for teens! The B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program encourages teens to become involved in tzedakah by establishing a fund for Jewish charitable giving. Opening a B’nai Tzedek fund gives your teen a chance to play a part in improving your community and the world. Click here to learn more.