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J-Serve Teen Task Force applications released


Among those on the J-Serve 2013 Teen Task Force were, from left, front row, Sari Misek, Amy Schwartz and Hannah Procell; back row: Lory Conte, Brandon Levitt, Taylor Harris, Ari Kenney and Robby Etzkin.

J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, will be April 6, 2014. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day weekend. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness; tzedakah, just and charitable giving; and tikun olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Across the globe, teens join each other to make their community and the world a better place. J-Serve 2014 is in partnership with Repair the World, Youth Service America, and Rock the Vote, and is underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

As a prestigious leadership position, applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 J-Serve Teen Task Force for 8-12th graders. As a member of the Task Force, teens will have the opportunity to plan and create the 2014 J-Serve projects, be a community leader, develop practical skills such as marketing, fundraising and event planning, as well as to give back to the greater Orlando community. For a J-Serve Teen Task Force application, email Robby Etzkin at RobbyE@orlandojcc.org.

The Orlando J-Serve 2013 Teen Task Force was led by Ari Kenney (sophomore at Lake Brantley High School), Brandon Levitt (sophomore at Winter Park High School), Hannah Procell (senior at Oviedo High School), Sari Misek (senior at Lake Brantley High School) and Taylor Harris (sophomore at Lake Highland Prep School). The teens developed and led projects for the Jewish Pavilion, New Hope for Kids and Pet Rescue by Judy. As an important community event, J-Serve was a collaboration of multiple Jewish agencies within Orlando and surrounding areas. The Teen Task Force hoped to build upon the success of the April 2013 event to reach more teens, more agencies and more opportunities to make a difference in the community for J-Serve in 2014.

The J-Serve Teen Task Force applications are due Aug. 25. The Task Force is an application process to build a group of teens who share the desire to be a part of community service, with a variety of different skills and interests, and represent all Orlando Jewish youth groups.

The beginning planning months in fall will focus on teambuilding and creating a vision or theme for J-Serve 2014. With adult staff support, teens will be involved in the planning and leading of the entire event, from marketing to fundraising to outreach to programming. Local professionals will speak to the Task Force about their expertise and Judaic components are woven throughout the planning.

For more information on Orlando’s J-Serve, visit http://www.facebook.com/orlandojserve. For specific questions about the J-Serve Teen Task Force, email Robby at RobbyE@orlandojcc.org.


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