Ve’ahavta’s TikunGen program takes teens beyond their B’nai Mitzvah year and gives them the tools to become #changemakers!
Over the course of the eight-week program, TikunGen teens will Learn, Act and Give as they tackle complex social issues.
Spring 2019 – an intensive eight-week educational experience
Monday nights, April 29-June 17 from 6:30-8:30pm at Ve’ahavta’s office (200 Bridgeland Avenue, North York, ON M6A 1Z4)
Participation fee: $450 (includes all eight workshops and the volunteer commitment of going out on the MJRH van)
There will be a short break approximately halfway through each workshop where snacks and water/juice will be provided. Please have dinner beforehand.
Teens attend a series of eight workshops at Ve’ahavta as a peer group. This is an amazing opportunity to dive into complicated topics connected to the work that we do. Participants will meet other like-minded teens and grow a meaningful and long-lasting connection to Ve’ahavta.
Graduates of this program are future leaders in their community. They are deeply caring citizens who have been through a sophisticated program with experienced educators, taking part in a style of post-bnai mitzvah learning which is unlike anything else you can find in Toronto.
Participants will deepen their understanding about such issues as:
• Ve’ahavta’s mission, Jewish values and the poverty cycle
• Affordable housing
• Mental health and harm reduction
• 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, changemaking and advocacy
Following graduation (June 17), participants will have the opportunity to volunteer on the Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness outreach van. They will see first-hand how the social issues they have been learning about impact vulnerable individuals in our city.
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 learning and passion and transform thought into action.
After six weeks, participants will design a collective social action project based on what they’ve learned in the course so far. Weeks seven and eight will be spent developing, planning and initiating their Give project.
Participants will be asked to think independently as well as work together to come up with their project. This will include establishing a timeline for seeing the project through, including any future meetings with their group.
As part of the follow-up, a Ve’ahavta staff member will keep in touch with the group to find out how their project is going and what the impact has been.
We encourage participants to continue working on their Give project well beyond the completion of the TikunGen program.