Teen Leadership

teen leadership

JFS Teen Leadership Programs provide local high school students with the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills while participating in meaningful ongoing service-learning projects. Our goal is to support teens in developing skills to move into young adulthood, college, and careers smoothly, successfully, and responsibly.

In addition to extensive opportunities for hands-on service and project-based learning, JFS Teen Leadership Programs feature outside workshop presenters and speakers, including research-based leadership modules from Stanford University’s Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL), and provide opportunities for teens to connect with professional mentors.


Girls Give Back
Girls Give BackEmpowers the next generation of female leaders to create meaningful change in the world around them through leadership, empowerment, and service-learning. Teens learn about girls’ and women’s issues while developing social-mindedness, critical thinking, healthy self-esteem, and empathy. Teen-selected priority action items include gender-based violence, empowerment of girls and equal rights.

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Hand Up Teen Leadership
Hand Up Teen Leadership June 2014This nationally-recognized program offers high school students an opportunity to learn about social change while making a measurable impact on the community. Teens receive leadership development training and run food distributions, coordinate food drives, and fundraisers, organize advocacy and education activities, and plan special events that support the Hand Up Food Pantry.

Hundreds of teens across San Diego support the Hand Up Food Pantry and work to alleviate hunger as members of school-based Hand Up Clubs.

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Ladies Leadership Program
Ladies Leadership ProgramThe Ladies Leadership Program is a weekly afterschool educational program that supports young women at Kearny High School EID who want to learn and work in the male-dominated fields of architecture, engineering, and construction.

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Program Staff

Andrew Hoffman
Manager, Teen Leadership Programs
Andrew has worked for JFS since 2008. He has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from SDSU, where he was very involved with Hillel and led a Birthright trip to Israel. In 2010, he was selected by Major League Baseball and People Magazine as an "All-Star" in the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign for his passion and commitment while working with the Hand Up Food Pantry. He enjoys his work because he finds it rewarding that a younger generation is making a difference in the community. 

Daria Tomsky 
Coordinator, Teen Leadership
Daria is a San Diego native who began working for JFS in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Davis in Human Development, with a minor in Education. Prior to working for JFS, Daria worked in a variety of youth development programs. While living in Davis, Daria served as the Camp Director of an Outdoor Education Summer Camp. She also spent a year and a half teaching English and living in South Korea. Daria loves her job because she can positively affect the lives of the next generation, encouraging them to care about important issues that face our communities and our world. When Daria is not busy empowering the next generation of leaders, she enjoys rock climbing, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her cat and some good tunes.

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