Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nominate a teen you know to receive a $36,000 community service leadership award

Meet Liza Gurtin.

We bet you know a teen like Liza.

As a high school freshman, Liza walked in Project Concern International’s Walk for Water. The following year, Liza was offered a leadership position as a member of the San Diego Walk’s student board.

One billion impoverished people lack access to clean drinking water. Liza’s passion for solving this problem inspired her to envision how the Walk could be more successful in raising funds to build water wells throughout the world.

Liza pioneered a sponsorship component to the Walk, drafting a letter and making calls to 100 prospective supporters. She also convinced the board to institute a participation fee to raise funds.

When Liza was nominated, her sponsorship efforts had raised more than $40,000 over two years. This past year, under Liza’s leadership as student board president, the Walk raised nearly $50,000!

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards celebrate Jewish teens across the United States who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and are actively engaged in projects that "repair the world."

Past recipients have focused their passion on a variety of causes, from fundraising to poverty relief, community building to environmental protection. Teen projects may focus on the Jewish community or the general community.

Nominations are open now through January 6, 2013, and it only takes a few minutes to give an exceptional teen the chance to win $36,000. Teens (age 13-19) may be nominated by anyone familiar with the value of their project, or may nominate themselves; family members are not eligible to nominate.

2012 Recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award


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