Jewish Community Youth Foundation


The Jewish Community Youth Foundation (JCYF) is a Jewish youth philanthropy program for teens in grades 8 through 12. Each teen philanthropist donates his/her own money which gets matched and pooled with money raised at JCYFund-Day Phone-a-thon. Participants research Jewish non-profit organizations, learn about philanthropic giving and distribute donations as they choose.


JCYF is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and funded by the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks.    


JCYF offers a progressive curriculum, where each age group learns about the principles of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah, and philanthropy, and how they relate to their groups’ philanthropic focus.


  • 8th grade – Local Social Service
  • 9th grade – National Social Service
  • 10th grade – Jewish Art and Culture
  • 11th grade – Outreach and Advocacy
  • 12th grade – Israel


Following site visits to non-profit organizations, teens present their findings and opinions to the group, which then collectively decides where to allocate the money.


Join the JCYF Youth Advisory Board – An additional JCYF enrichment program:


  • Represent your class
  • Gain leadership training
  • Plan a day of community service
  • Shape the future of JCYF programming


Click HERE for more information about the Youth Advisory Board.


JCYF Blog – Visit our JCYF blog for all the information you could possibly want to know about the Jewish Community Youth Foundation!  Take a look at the different agencies the students have funded in the past, read press articles, even take a quiz to test your knowledge!


The Dr. David Kligmanz”l Memorial Scholarship Fund ensures that no student is turned away due to inability to pay. Donations to this scholarship fund or to support the JCYF program are encouraged and can be made here.


Ten-Year Impact Study – The Jewish Community Youth Foundation recently completed an independent 10 year impact study. Click here for the complete results, or click here for a quick overview of some key findings!


Distinguished Alumni Award –  Find out about our past winners!


For more information about JCYF, contact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100 x210 or