Created to ignite teens’ passions, inspire teen educators, and support vibrant organizations serving the future of the Jewish community, the LA Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI) is our Federation’s community-wide effort to engage teens in compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences that support them in leading healthy and fulfilled lives. By engaging teens in Jewish life, we are ensuring our Jewish future for generations to come.
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LAJTI is co-funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation, with seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.
Check out examples of LAJTI’s impact on our teen community.
Community Internship Program
We coordinate paid summer internships that build skills and experience at highly-regarded Jewish nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles so teens gain real work experience and a paycheck.
Teen Innovation Grants
We give teens the encouragement and space they need to express themselves through the creative process from conception all the way to implementation — plus cash prizes!
The Julie Beren Platt Teen Innovation Grants
Our Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative values how a teen’s passion, talent, and creativity can help shape a community.
The Burt & Elaine Margulis Teen Scholarship Fund
Our new scholarship fund takes the financial burden off of L.A. families so their teens (grades 7-12) are able to participate — worry-free — in short-term immersive Jewish programs.
Teen Wellness Parent Workshops
Knowing that parents sometimes need a little help, we offer free Parent Workshops that feature tips for communication in the context of the parent-teen connection.
LAJTI Wellness Conference
On Sunday, April 29th, over 250 parents and educators from across Los Angeles attended Building Resilience in Teens, our Federation’s LA Jewish Teen Initiative’s first self-run conference.
Teens for Tikkun
This June, we invite rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to join us virtually for Teens for Tikkun: A Summer Program to Learn/Advocate/Illuminate!
LAJTI Teen Talk
The Jewish Federation’s Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI), in partnership with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA), is proud to present the LAJTI Teen Talk Virtual Training Program.