About the program

The JewishColumbus Youth Foundation (JCYF) is an annual program that engages local high school leaders and empowers them to grant funds to the Columbus Jewish community. Throughout the year, JCYF participants gain skills in leadership development, board governance and professional collaboration all through the lens of Jewish philanthropy.  

The current structure is a two-tiered model, a Learning Cohort and a Voting Cohort. The JCYF Learning Cohort engages in a year-long process of learning about youth philanthropy and community needs and organizations. The JCYF Voting Cohort works together to develop a competitive grants program, which invites Jewish community organizations and programs to apply for funding. Collectively, the cohort decides their philanthropic focus and grants $5,000 to the organizations or programs of their choice. This is made possible thanks to the Legacy Foundation Board of JewishColumbus who invest in our teens and help populate the leadership pipeline.

JCYF grants have supported programs as diverse as the Love & Hugs Bears Program at Zusman Hospice to Environmental Education programs at the Columbus Jewish Day School. Topics addressed by this committee include Jewish Education, Hunger, Summer Camp, Senior Programming, Jewish teen outreach and others. JCYF is made up of B’nai Tzedek Fund holders. For more information contact Alyssa Russell at alyssa@jewishcolumbus.org.

FY2023 Cohort Announced!

The FY22 Cohort is comprised of new and returning members and is both geographically and demographically diverse. The teens work together to learn about youth philanthropy, examine community needs and determine a funding priority. They develop a competitive grants program, which invites Jewish community organizations and programs to apply for funding.

Cohort Participants: 

Aiden Adkins, Max Almasanu, Gabby Berzow, Billy Byers, Molly Chernyak, Melinda Cohen, Mitchell Cohen, Bailey David, Joseph David, Noah David, Josh Eisenberg, Josh Emerman, Sam Feldstein, Ethan Nguyen, David Griffaton, Noah Grischkan, Rebecca Hoffman, Miles Hoffman, Faith Johnson, Marissa Johnson, Aaron Jones, Sasha Katz, Zoe Kellner, Michelle Lee, Leah Levin, David Levy, Maddie Merzel, Rylan Milenthal, Eli Morse, Ruthie Moskowitz, Isaac Payne, Tobey Rubin, Gabby Russell, Gabrielle Sanderow, Abby Sanders, Gabby Schiff, Remy Schottenstein, Ethan Solomon, Talia Sukienik, Mirabelle Tempesta, Zack Topolosky, Eli Tyson, Wendy Wasserstom, Ben Yaffe, Jonah Young, Gabe Zeigler, Camryn Zidel, and Maya Zidel.

This year’s four student leaders are Billy Byers, Faith Johnson, Abby Sanders and Talia Sukienik; pictured with Joel Marcovitch.

Meet our 2021 Cohorts!