Jewish Teen Philanthropy Initiative Application

Jewish Teen Philanthropy Initiative (JTPI) aims to inspire a diverse group of Jewish high school students to make a real difference in the greater Houston Jewish Community. Participants will raise and allocate funds to address real community issues through a consensus building and project-based learning model. Teens will meet monthly to research and explore organizations and causes they wish to support, learn about the process of grant making, hear from local philanthropists, and explore their own Jewish values.

*Must be entering 9–12 grade to apply.
*Participants will receive a minimum of 35 leadership and service hours.
*There will be a $180 participation fee per student.

We are excited to receive your application to participate in the 2021-2022 cohort of the Jewish Teen Philanthropy Initiative (JTPI). Since you cannot save your progress and return to the application, we recommend writing your answers in a Word document and then copying and pasting them into the application when you are finished. Review the short answer questions here

Please reach out to Barrie Skalsky at if you have any questions.

Application Deadline: Please submit applications, no later than Sunday, August 31st . We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible, spots are limited and will be prioritized based on submission date. Upon review of your written applications, you will be asked to participate in a 30-minute virtual or in person individual interview.


The program session dates are outlined below. Participants are permitted one excused absence during the program session. The opening program session on Sunday, September 19 is required for all participants and at least one parent/guardian.

*At this time, we are planning for sessions to be held in person. Sessions will be at 7:00 PM and run for 2 hours per session.

  • Sunday, September 19, Parent/Guardian and Teen Orientation, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday, October 4
  • Monday, October 18
  • Monday, November 1
  • Monday, November 15
  • Monday, December 13
  • Monday, January 17
  • Monday, January 31
  • Monday, February 14
  • Monday, February 28
  • Weeks of March 21 and April 1 – site visit week, will coordinate schedules with the group
  • Monday, April 11
  • Monday, April 25
  • Monday, May 16– Check Ceremony/Presentation, Parents/Guardians Invited
 I have reviewed the dates and understand the attendance policy.
I anticipate the following times may be an issue for me.