Nominations will open August 2024

Key dates
  • Finalists Announced

    April 2024

  • Awardees Announced

    June 2024

  • Nominations Open and Awards Ceremony

    August 2024

  • Nominations Deadline

    December 2024

How to Nominate


Ensure the teen and their project are eligible

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Teens (13-19 years old on the date of the application deadline) who identify as Jewish
    • Residents of the United States
    • Volunteer without any compensation
    • Currently serve in a leadership role on a project or initiative aimed at tikkun olam — repairing the world
    • A nominator may be any individual who knows a teen and is not a family member of the nominee.
  • Awards Criteria
    • Proven commitment to the value and practice of tikkun olam (repairing the world)
    • Demonstration of vision and creativity
    • Effective development, implementation, and continued leadership of a project or organization
    • Dedication to the project over time
    • Ability to impact and/or engage a growing number of individuals in the project, either as partners, participants, or beneficiaries
    • Ability to articulate in their own words the history, meaning, and significance of the project and its goals, impact, and potential to engage others

Nominate a teen

Complete the nomination form by or before the deadline on December 22, 2023.

Nominate now Nomination Deadline December 22, 2023 Nominations will open August 2024
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Review and Selection Process

All applications undergo an extensive evaluation process by the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards Review and Selection Committees, which includes over 100 volunteers and leaders from across the country. Reviewers use an evaluation system that focuses on current demonstrated leadership, commitment,  and project impact.

Each application is read by multiple evaluators whose scores determine which applications continue to semifinalist and finalist rounds. Semifinalists are asked to provide status updates on their projects as well as contact information for three references.

The Selection Committee then reviews the finalist applications. Awardees are selected through a committee process, and Awardees will be notified in late May.

Benefits of the Award

  • $36,000 that can be applied to the Award recipient’s education or initiative
  • An Awards celebration weekend in San Francisco, including a retreat (shabbaton) with other Award recipients, alumni, and program leadership
  • Connection to a network of fellow changemakers and leaders
  • Media opportunities to elevate visibility for the Awardee’s project
  • Ongoing support and guidance from Awards leadership