The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is proud to open the My Israel Journey — Teen Subsidy Program. This program grants eligible teens living in San Diego County a one-time award of up to $1,500 toward participation in an approved program in Israel. These grants are not needs based and are open to all 8th -12th graders.

 

Applications are accepted year round, and awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so get started early! Though Federation’s mission is to support every San Diego teen traveling to Israel, funding is limited. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional financial assistance from other sources.

 

Please note: The My Israel Journey program does not award money toward post-high school long-term programs or Masa Israel Journey programs. If you are in need of financial assistance for such a program, please contact Janese Cassel at janesec@jewishfederationsandiego.org.

  1. Choose your trip to Israel. Approved trips must be peer-based, organized trips to Israel with a service-learning component. A variety of locally and nationally based trips to Israel from outside providers are eligible. See below for a list of approved trips to Israel. If your desired trip is not listed, please contact Janese Cassel.
     
  2. Register directly with the provider. All awards through this program are paid directly to the provider, not the teens or parents. You must register for a trip and be accepted before applying for a subsidy from Federation. Accurate registration information and proof of acceptance is required.
     
  3. Complete the application, pre-trip survey, and pre/post-trip agreements for the Israel Travel Teen Subsidy Program grant. Incomplete applications will not be considered.   
     

All applications MUST be completed by program participant.

Subsidy applicant must be:
 

  • Currently in 8th-12th grade
  • Enrolled and registered for an approved Israel program (proof of program acceptance is required)
  • A Jewish San Diego County resident
  • A first-time recipient of funding from Federation for an Israel trip
  • Ready to give back to the San Diego Jewish community

Before the Trip

 

Community Service

Service learning opportunities are central to our Teen Initiative and to each supported Israel trip. To prepare for a quality, immersive experience in Israel, as well as to give back to the San Diego Jewish community, all subsidy recipients must contribute a minimum of four hours of community service. These hours may be fulfilled in any San Diego Jewish institution or in one of their affiliated programs. We highly recommend participating in J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service through the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, on April 2, 2017.

 

Israel Orientation Session

All subsidy recipients and their parents must attend a mandatory pre-trip Israel Orientation Session led by the Jewish Federation of San Diego County.

 

After the Trip
 

Sharing Israel Experiences

Within three weeks of return from an Israel trip, all participants are required to submit a video or blog post about the experience to the Jewish Federation of San Diego County.

 

Completion of Post-Trip Survey

 

Get Connected

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with the San Diego Jewish community once you get back from Israel!

What can the $1,500 subsidy cover?

The My Israel Journey subsidy is applied directly to the total trip cost, as determined by the trip provider, and does not cover domestic airfare or other expenses.
 

I received a scholarship from Federation through Israel Travel Scholarship in the past — am I eligible?

No, prior recipients of Federation funding for an Israel trip are not eligible for this subsidy.

 

Can I get any extra funding for a long-term program?

You may receive up to $1,500 maximum toward your Israel program. Longer programs will not receive any additional funds from the Teen Subsidy Program.

 

What if my program costs less than $1,500?

If your program costs less than $1,500, you are a very lucky traveler! Our subsidy covers up to that amount. Remember that all funds are paid directly to the trip provider, not the individual, so domestic airfare and other expenses will not be covered by the subsidy.

 

I’m going on a Masa Israel Journey, Long Term, or Gap-Year Program in Israel — do I qualify?

You are not eligible to apply through this program; however, Federation does support San Diegans travelling on such programs. If you are in need of financial assistance for such a program, please contact Janese Cassel at janesec@jewishfederationsandiego.org for more information.

 

Will receiving a subsidy prevent me from going on Birthright or Masa Israel Journey?

No! Since Birthright eligibility rules have changed, going on an organized trip while in high school will NOT render you ineligible for Birthright once you are of age. Additionally, receiving a subsidy grant from Federation during teen years will not disqualify you from any Masa Israel Journey programs or scholarship (including Federation scholarships).

 

I already volunteer regularly — do I still need to participate in J-Serve to fulfill my volunteer hours?

Other Jewish community service can be used to fulfill your requirement in lieu of participating in J-Serve. Be sure to submit all relevant information about your service in the application.

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