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Teen Uses Hydroponic Gardens To Fight Food Insecurity in NYC & Tel Aviv

Good Good Good

Jul 19, 2023

Like many, when Steven Hoffen found himself in lockdown due to COVID-19, he wanted to do something meaningful with his time. Unlike many, he was just 13 years old when he created an award-winning documentary in 2020. The short film was inspired by a prior trip to Israel in 2019, where Hoffen worked with Sindyanna of Galilee, a nonprofit where Arab and Jewish women work closely together growing produce in hydroponic gardens.

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These Northern Virginia teens just got a huge award for their good works


Jul 19, 2023

Let’s get uplifted with Annabelle Lombard, Max Blacksten, and Benjamin Joel; Northern Virginia teens who’ve received well-earned recognition — and $36,000 each — for the outstanding good works they’re doing.

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You Should Know…Anabelle Lombard

Washington Jewish Week

Jul 12, 2023

Along with four other friends, Lombard, now 19, founded Generation Ratify, a youth-led nonprofit to advocate for constitutional gender equality through the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and other legislation promoting gender equality.

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3 NoVA Teens Awarded $36K For Dedication To Building A Better World

Patch Media

Jul 12, 2023

Three teens from Northern Virginia were each awarded $36,000 by the Helen Diller Family Foundation as part of its annual awards recognizing Jewish teen leaders across the United States.

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Student honored for chess project

Marin Independent Journal

Jul 10, 2023

Henry Lien, a 17-year-old from Mill Valley, has been awarded $36,000 from a Bay Area philanthropy organization for his work in establishing ChessPals, a program to teach chess to younger students from underserved communities in Marin.

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Little Rock teen recognized for Holocaust education advocacy

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Jul 8, 2023

A Little Rock advocate for Holocaust education was one of 15 young people this year to receive a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award from the San Francisco-based Helen Diller Family Foundation. David Ronnel, a 2022 Central High School graduate, is giving his $36,000 in prize money to the Arkansas Holocaust Education Award Donation Fund.

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Water research and Holocaust TikToks with grandma won these N.J. creators $36K awards

Advance Local Media

Jul 4, 2023

A national foundation has spotlighted two Jewish teen leaders from New Jersey, granting them $36,000 each for creating initiatives aimed at “building a better world.” While one of the awardees uses the social media platform TikTok to educate people about the Holocaust, the second recipient has her own lab where she tests a self-developed bioassessment tool that has the potential to become a global standard.

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Santa Barbara teen honored for program that brings peers together to learn languages

NPG of California

Jun 29, 2023

A local Santa Barbara teen was one of 15 teenagers nationwide receiving a 2023 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award and prize from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. Romy Greenwald will receive $36,000 in recognition of her work leading MiSendero, an intercultural student-to-student tutoring program.