High School Programs

In partnership with schools and other organizations, the JCCSF offers programs that allow high school students to explore their identity, build community and develop leadership skills.

V-Day Video & Photo Contest
Change the world in 15 seconds.
On February 14, the world celebrates V-Day, an international movement to stop violence against women and girls. In 2015, the theme of V-Day is #MyRevolution … because every movement begins with personal action. In order to help makes these ideas into reality, the JCCSF is offering a $500 prize for the winning video submission and $250 for the winning photo submission to implement the teen’s #MyRevolution project. The winning submissions will then be shown during the V-Day event on Thursday, February 12 2015. For more information and to enter the contest click here.

San Francisco Teen Outreach Program (SFTOP) lets Jewish teens connect to and explore Jewish culture on their own terms. These modern, multicultural clubs meet at various high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. Students plan their monthly meetings together and coordinate topics, field trips, speakers and lunches.

Currently SFTOP clubs meet at George Washington High School, School of the Arts Academy, Gateway High School and Lowell High School.

For more information, contact SFTOP Coordinator Lauren Greenberg at lgreenberg@jccsf.org or 415.292.1252.

Learn more about San Francisco Teen Outreach Program at 3200 Stories.

Anyone – regardless of religion or sexuality – can be a part of this group, which focuses on LGBTQIQ themes as seen through a Jewish lens. Teen-led, fun and inclusive, The Q has its own programs, trips and events. There’s been a great student response to the Q, and the program was also honored with an award for Jewish impact from the JCC Association of North America.

The Q Intergenerational Dinner
In partnership with Keshet and Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, The Q is hosting our second annual Generation to Generation: LGBTQ Dinner, Panel Discussion, and Havdallah. This event is the embodiment of the “It gets better" message, establishing an intentional and inclusive space for Queer teens to learn from adults who have created – and continue to create – a life that feels authentic and true to themselves. The event takes place at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Saturday, January 17 • 5:30 – 9 pm

All of the above events are free and open to all interested high school students! Please RSVP here. For more information email Lauren Greenberg at lgreenberg@jccsf.org.

A Social Justice Leadership and Volunteer Opportunity for High School Students

High school students collectively determine a social justice issue that is compelling to them, then together plan how best to promote that cause. The group meets bi-monthly during the school year for shared learning on the topic, participates in a social action volunteer day and plans a final event to educate their peers about the issue. Students who participate in Pray with Your Feet are empowered to return to their communities with critical "next steps," to continue what will ideally be a lasting connection to social justice.

For more information, contact SFTOP Coordinator Lauren Greenberg at lgreenberg@jccsf.org or 415.292.1252.

Teens (grades 8 – 12) take the stage or join the very engaged audience, who cast their votes to decide which acts take home cash prizes. Held each spring at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, this is always a night to remember! Applications to compete are available in late winter.

For more information, contact Teen Program Manager Abby Cutler at acutler@jccsf.org or 415.292.1261.