Ve’ahavta’s TikunGen program takes teens beyond their B’nai Mitzvah year and gives them the tools to become #changemakers!
The TikunGen program runs for 8-week sessions, with X sessions offered per year. Over the course of the program teens will take part in Learning, Acting and Giving as they tackle complex social issues.
Teens will attend a series of 8 workshops at Ve’ahavta’s office as a peer group.
During these sessions, participants will tackle such issues as:
• Ve’ahavta’s mission and Jewish Values
• Understanding the Poverty Cycle
• Affordable Housing
• Mental Health and Harm Reduction
• A wide overview of communities at risk and the impact of intersectionality (including poverty in Indigenous communities, gendered poverty, refugees and newcomers, anti-black racism, homelessness in the LGBTQ2+ community)
• Discrimination and Stigma
• Upstream thinking, Change Making and Advocacy
Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer on the Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness outreach van and see how the issues they have been learning about impact individuals in a way that can never be fully expressed in the classroom.
Participants will also be offered the opportunity to volunteer with other special Ve’ahavta projects such as our Annual Starry Nights gala, the MYTORONTO photography exhibit, the Meal Box program, and the annual Passover Seder.
Through these activities, teens will be able to take their learnings and passions and transform them into actions.
After 6 weeks participants will design a collective social action project based on what they’ve learned in the course so far. Weeks 7 and 8 will be spent developing, planning, and initiating their project.
Fall 2018: Monday, October 29-December 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Winter 2019: Monday, January 18-March 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Spring 2019: Monday, May 1-June 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Registration cost $450 per student.