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The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) program gives young Jews the opportunity to financially help struggling youth in America to fight poverty. Parents, grandparents, or friends can establish a YEF in honor of a young person, such as one celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah by making a minimum gift of $1000 (plus a one-time $100 administrative fee). The Fund may be added to at any time. The Jewish Fund for Justice acknowledges each YEF in its Annual Report, unless anonymity is requested.

Once a year, from the time the Fund is created until the child turns 21, the Jewish Fund for Justice provides information to the YEF honorees about the activities of several community-based organizations across the country that address the issues and problems directly affecting low-income youth and asks them to select a group to receive the interest from their YEF. Thus, each year the kids get information about what other kids are doing to improve the world and every year the kids practice hands-on philanthropy--they evaluate the activities of different social justice organizations and make a decision about where their money is best spent. Then, when they turn 21, they can choose to distribute the principal to support JFJ’s grantmaking program or to convert their fund to a Family Fund at JFJ.

By establishing a YEF to honor a young person on the occasion of his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, graduation or other important life cycle event, you enhance the ritual and spiritual significance of those events. By engaging young people in thoughtful philanthropy, the YEF program encourages the development of life-long patterns of concern, action and informed involvement.

If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Endowwment Fund, please contact Barbara Deinhardt, 212 213 2113, ext 62, or write to the Jewish Fund for Justice at 260 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

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