Temple Sholom is inviting applications for the inaugural Tikkun Olam Youth Award. The award will be presented at the Dreamers & Builders Gala on March 5 to a deserving Jewish teen in the community who has demonstrated a vision to heal the world through an act of tikkun olam.
A prize of $1,800 will be awarded, of which $600 must be used toward the recipient’s tikkun olam project and $1,200 goes directly to the recipient as an award for being an example to the community.
The submission deadline for applications is, Friday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m. The winner will be notified on Jan. 31.
To qualify, an applicant must be a Jewish teen between the ages of 13 and 19; have identified something in the community, in the country or globally, that is in need of repair; and must have commenced the project.
Potential areas of award might include, but are in no way limited to animals in need of rescue and special treatment; antisemitism; art and/or music therapy; discrimination; global warming; Holocaust remembrance; LGBTQ; poverty; seniors; sustainable living; Syrian refugees; world peace and anything in between.
Applications may be submitted via online form or a video or multi-media presentation no longer than five minutes. Applicants should answer the following questions:
- What problem did you observe that needed fixing or healing?
- What steps have you taken toward your goal?
- What is your vision for the next steps to be taken?
- How will the community it is intended for benefit?
- Why are you passionate about this?
- How does the initiative connect to Jewish values?
- Who might the applicant try to involve to see the dream to fruition?
To apply, visit templesholom.ca/tikkun-olam-youth-award.