Jewish Community Youth Foundation


The Jewish Community Youth Foundation (JCYF) is a Jewish youth philanthropy program for teens in 8th through 12th grade.  Each teen contributes $120 which is matched and pooled by the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks. Each group of teens decide how to distribute the pooled funds to different Jewish non-profit organizations.    


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 actual site visits to non-profit organizations, each teen presents his or her findings and opinions to the group, which then collectively decides where to allocate the money.

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.

Apply for JCYF if you are in 8th grade by clicking here and 9th to 12th grade by clicking here.

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

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.

New Advisory Board Members click HERE for the application.

Returning Advisory Board Members click HERE for the application.

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!

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!