Hand up teen leadership Program
The nationally-recognized Hand Up Teen Leadership Program offers high school students a unique opportunity to learn about social change and see the difference they can make. With the guidance and support of JFS staff, Hand Up teens develop and utilize their leadership skills in a real-world setting by engaging in hunger advocacy and supporting the services provided by the Hand Up Food Pantry, which distributes supplemental food and hygiene items to thousands of people in need across San Diego.
“Hand Up Teen Leadership has allowed me to gain
Hand Up student leaders tackle the issue of hunger by coordinating food drives and fundraisers, managing volunteers at Hand Up food distribution sites and in our food pantry, and engaging in grant writing and advocacy at the State Capitol.
The program runs from September–June, kicking off with an intensive Teen Leadership Retreat and culminating in an End of Year Celebration.
In 2016, all graduating Hand Up seniors were accepted to 4-year colleges and universities, including Michigan, Rutgers, Stanford, UCSB, and UCSD. Read DoSomething.org's College Admission and Community Service Study.
During the 2017-18 academic year, Hand Up teen leaders volunteered for more than 1,100 hours, earning the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award. Together, these exceptional youth:
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. Students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful community service activities ranging from coordinating food drives and fundraisers to volunteering at Hand Up military food distributions. Club members receive recognition from JFS for the service hours they complete. Learn More>>
The Hand Up Teen Leadership Program is nationally recognized for innovative teen programming. Our teen leaders receive recognition for their community service, and are eligible for the President's Volunteer Service Award and certificates of recognition from state and federal elected officials.
Student leaders may receive letters of recommendation (per teen’s request) for college and other program applications, as well as volunteer hour confirmation letters and certificates.
Hand Up Teen Leader Ari Krasner Wins Peter Chortek Leadership Award.
This program is generously supported