Connecting Colorado’s Jewish Teens



Thank you to all of our partners who came out to share information about their programs! If you missed the event this year, check out all the organizations below. 


Adolesco Youth Exchange: Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program of unique, two-way exchanges to France, Germany, or Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9 -18.  Candidates exchange and host through a program of language immersion and cultural exchange

Alexander Muss High School in Israel: AMHSI is an incredible pluralistic study abroad program in Israel for high school students.  Our academic programs range from 6 week summer sessions to 8 week or full semester sessions during the school year.

Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region: The mission of the Anti-Defamation League is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Teens can get involved in ADL through participation in our programs such as Words to Action, No Place for Hate and by becoming civil rights advocates.

BBYO Rocky Mountain Region: BBYO is the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth movement. We create teen led leadership, social, and Jewish opportunities.

Clothes to Kids of Denver: The mission of Clothes To Kids of Denver is to provide new and quality used clothing to preschool-12th grade students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro Area, free of charge. We welcome teen volunteers.

Colorado Hebrew Chorale: The mission of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale is to preserve, perform, promote, and celebrate music of the Jewish experience, by and for diverse audiences. The Colorado Hebrew Chorale, together with our women’s choir, Kol Nashim,  welcome qualified singers in all voice parts, aged 14 and up; no knowledge of Hebrew necessary.

Colorado Youth Advisory Council: COYAC was created by the CO General Assembly in 2008 as a vehicle for providing a youth voice in state policy making. There are 40 Council members – one youth from each of the 35 state senate districts and five at-large members.

CTeen Colorado: CTeen is a global family of Jewish teens, dedicated to changing the world through acts of goodness and kindness.

Denver Health Hospital/Newborns in Need: Newborns in Need provides all families that give birth at Denver Health a “Warm Welcome” bag which contains all the necessary items needed for newborns. 85% of the families who deliver at Denver Health could use some kind of financial assistance. There are 22 items inn the bag valued at $120. We welcome teen volunteers.

Denver Zoo: A volunteer program for teens 13-18 who are passionate about conservation, working around animals, education, and are interested in gaining real life on the job experience and professional skills. We welcome teen volunteers.

Ekar Farm: Ekar Farm is Denver’s community Jewish farm that works to alleviate hunger in our community by growing fresh organic produce for those in need. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help us grow 10,000lbs of food each season on the farm (May-October). 

Friendship Circle of Colorado: Our program services special needs children and their families through monthly program, visiting children at their homes, and birthday visits. Teens can volunteer with us to help put on special events or participate in our buddy program.

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver: Habitat Metro Denver builds and repairs homes in partnership with hard-working, low-income families. All Habitat homes are built primarily by inexperienced volunteers who want to help change the community. 

HEA Youth Programs: We are a synagogue based youth group that focuses on fun, interactive, social, and meaningful activities for kids and teens. Our middle school youth group meets 1-2 times per month and our high school youth group meets 3-4 times per month. 

Involve Board: Involve Board serves as a hub to connect high school students to amazing opportunities in the city of Denver and across our country. Involve Board’s Mission is to inspire our youth to take advantage of new opportunities, find their passions, and get involved.

Inspire Colorado: Inspire Colorado trains and supports high school students to amplify the voice of their generation by increasing youth voter turnout. Students organize voter registration drives at their school and any school which has 85% of eligible seniors registered to vote earns an award from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. 

JCC Camp Shai: Camp Shai provides engaging activities for our campers pre-K – 10th grade and an awesome CIT program that sparks imagination, provides hands-on fun experiences, and helps everyone to celebrate their individuality. At Camp Shai, campers and CITs create lifelong friendships during the day and leave camp every night with a new song to sing and exciting story to tell.

JCC Maccabi Games: The JCC Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer for Jewish teens ages 13-16. Next year’s Games are in Orange County, August 5th-10th.

JCC Ranch CampJCC Ranch Camp serves youth ages 5-17 in a residential camp setting. We defy our limits and define ourselves all summer long – encouraging each other to try new things, test our own boundaries and have a blast doing it. Whether you play on campus or off campus on trips – Ranch Camp is a place that leaves lasting memories.

Jewish Student Connections: Jewish Student Connection (JSC) (on-campus) clubs are an easy way to meet with other Jewish kids at schools and make new friends in a laid-back and fun atmosphere

Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour: IST is a 5-week immersive summer program to Poland & Israel for Jewish teens the summer between their junior & senior year in high school. It combines extraordinary adventure, exceptional leaders, a commitment to education, Jewish values, and years of experience to guide students to learn, explore, discover and soak up every moment.

MASA Israel Journey: Intrigued by the opportunity to spend a semester or year experiencing another culture, volunteering, interning, studying, developing your Jewish identity or having an adventure before you head off to college?

Moving Traditions: Rosh Hodesh (girls) and Shevet Achim (boys) meet monthly. You will be joined by a trained group leader, who will guide and hang with the group. There are games, media, arts and conversation and of course, FOOD! Jewish values and practice will help you tackle the real stuff in your life – academic stress, friendship, body image, peer pressure, so take a break and join us! 

NFTY Missouri Valley: NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism. NFTY’s Missouri Valley includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, and central Illinois.

PresenTense Colorado: PresenTense Colorado is a social entrepreneurship Fellowship for Jewish high school students. We help you create a social impact project through our interactive entrepreneurship curriculum and mentorship.

Ramah in the Rockies: Ramah in the Rockies offers two and four week overnight camping experiences for campers entering 3rd-12th grade. The mission of Ramah in the Rockies is to nurture the character development of Jewish youth by providing the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Rose Youth Foundation: Rose Youth Foundation is a youth-led program, empowering teens to use the tools of strategic philanthropy to make a real difference. Over eight months, the 24 members of Rose Youth Foundation work together to discuss what it means to give in a Jewish way, explore community issues, determine a funding priority, meet with nonprofit leaders, and ultimately determine how to grant $60,000 to make our community a better place.

Shalom Park: Shalom Park, a not-for-profit senior community, provides personalized and skilled care to seniors, 65-years of age and older. Our nursing home is a place where elders may live their lives with dignity, honor and respect, regardless of their finances. Shalom Park welcomes residents and volunteer of any faith, race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel: Shwayder Camp is an overnight Jewish summer camp located at 10,200 feet. Shwayder Camp is a place to have fun, make friendships that last a lifetime, and enjoy a spectacular Colorado summer of what we call Shwayder Magic.

Temple Emanuel: Youth Group Programming through Temple Emanuel Denver.

The Greenway Foundation: The Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) is a youth program offering outdoor adventures, stewardship projects, and professional and personal development for high school students. We host monthly events that are always FREE, transportation is provided (if necessary) and no previous experience or gear is necessary.

Tivnu: Building Justice: Tivnu Gap Year participants connect Jewish life and social justice through individualized internships at grassroots organizations, discover the Pacific Northwest, and create a pluralistic Jewish home together in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Whether you cook meals, work on criminal justice reform, grow food with kids in a community garden, or build tiny houses for houseless Portlanders, you’ll go home each day knowing you did work that made a difference. Tivnu: Tools to build a better world.

YouthRoots: YouthRoots is a leadership development program for students aspiring to impact their local communities. We us a youth-led foundation, empowering students to raise funds and grant back 100% of what’s raised to local non-profits, as the experiential classroom.

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