JCC Chicago Set to Launch 2nd Cohort of Project Teen Seed613
JCC Chicago’s Project Teen-Seed613 is an entrepreneurial fellowship for teen girls looking to make an impact on their community by developing innovative ventures. Throughout the six-month fellowship, teens participate in monthly workshops and regular meetings with coaches, mentors and peers that equip teens with entrepreneurial tools and knowledge to develop a socially responsible venture that will impact the community.
This unique and exclusive curriculum incorporates Jewish values and lessons allowing teens to learn about the Jewish role in communal support. Values such as tikkun olam and helping ones’ neighbor are embodied by the participants through their ideas and ventures.
Through the ongoing generous support of the Hadassah Foundation this second year program is ready to begin with a new group of mentors and teen participants. 12 teens representing 9 high schools comprise this year’s cohort.
Congratulations to the 2017–18 Project Teen Seed613 cohort!
- Sarah Cohen – 11th grade – Barrington High School
- Naomi Ephraim – 10th grade- Highland Park High School
- Lexie Kaplan – 11th grade – New Trier High School
- Lior Latimer – 10th grade – Lane Tech
- Jordyn Malis – 11th grade – Deerfield High School
- Bailey Malis – 11th grade – Deerfield High School
- Sari Oppenheimer – 8th grade – Chicago Jewish Day School
- Lisa Silverstein – 10th grade – Stevenson High School
- Abby Sinder – 10th grade – Beacon academy
- Sarah Snyder – 10th grade – Beacon Academy
- Lily Thalhammer – 11th grade – Palatine High School
- Hannah Weber – 8th grade – CICS Irving Park
2017–18 Project Teen Seed613 Mentors
Megan Abraham is Executive Director of The Goldie Initiative. The Goldie Initiative was created in 2007 by Goldie B. Wolfe Miller, and its mission is to prepare women for senior leadership roles in all sectors of commercial real estate. Megan was Founder and Executive Director of Bayit Afterschool, a non-profit social innovation that filled a critical childcare need for families, which was recognized as a cutting-edge start-up.
Kirsten DeAngelis is the Director of Sports and Recreation for JCC Chicago. Kirsten oversees all aquatics, sports, recreation, and Maccabi programs agency-wide. As a swim instructor Kirsten gained experience with special populations through volunteer activities with the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA), Diveheart, and Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA).
Becky Levinson is a native Chicagoan and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Becky attended the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, where she studied psychology and sociology. During that time, she volunteered for Best Buddies and worked on a residential psychiatric unit with teenagers. Upon graduating, she entered University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, where she earned a Master’s degree specializing in clinical social work.
Project Teen-Seed613 is made possible through the generous support of The Hadassah Foundation. If you are interested in helping to underwrite or support this program, please contact Beth Ida Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.775.1802.