JumpSpark, as part of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, offers unprecedented collaboration to develop, nurture and scale new approaches to teen engagement. Informed by up-to-the-minute research and data, and drawing on the collective strength of local organizations, JumpSpark works in Atlanta to reverse the trend of teens opting out of Jewish life in their middle and high school years. Through dynamic partnerships and strategic investment, JumpSpark reimagines existing programs, supports new and innovative ideas, and thinks creatively to meet the needs of teens, their parents, and Jewish educators and professionals that work with them.
As part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, JumpSpark serves as a hub for Jewish teen education and engagement. This role allows JumpSpark to serve as both a funder and convener to help drive and shape the teen ecosystem. As a convener, JumpSpark runs a Community Partner Network of over 30 local youth serving organizations committed to raising the bar for Jewish teen education and engagement. As a funder, JumpSpark has invested over $600,000 dollars in the teen ecosystem since 2019 reaching 1000s of teens and connecting them to meaningful Jewish experiences.
Strengthening Teens Connections to Israel
JumpSpark, in partnership with Root One aims to support and grow high-level, multi-part engagement experiences for teens both before and after they travel to Israel. We will increase participation of Atlanta teens in Israel travel experiences, create meaningful connections between teens in Atlanta to the people, land, and state of Israel, and lengthen the arc of engagement for teen participants with Israel and the Jewish community. Havayah, translated from Hebrew as ‘experience’, expresses the desired outcome to lengthen the teen Israel experience in America. As part of this initiative, we aim to work in partnership with YSOs locally and nationally to encourage participating in Root One summer experiences.
JumpSpark is now accepting applications for youth-serving organizations that support Root One approved teen Israel summer travel experiences to develop impactful pre and/or post trip engagements. We are accepting applications through November 30 for projects that will occur through June 2022.
- Develop engagement opportunities for participants of summer 2021 (post-trip engagement) or 2022 (pre-trip engagement)) Israel summer experiences
- Create opportunities to connect more deeply with Israel either before or after the summer trip
- Utilize data tracking strategies to analyze impact
- The grant is not to be used to further subsidize trip costs. Our goal is that 75% of teens participating in Israel teen travel experiences will engage in these additional experiences.
- Available budget for Havayah Grants is up to $10,000.
We may request an interview prior to making final determinations regarding grant allocations.
If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Brodsky, Director of JumpSpark, at firstname.lastname@example.org.