Three L.A. teens win Tikkun Olam awards
Three Los Angeles-area teens each were awarded $36,000 grants from The Helen Diller Family Foundation as part of the annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.
The awards, now in their sixth year, are given annually to five Jewish 13- to 19-year-olds in California with extraordinary social action service records. This year’s winners were announced June 28.
Outstanding Local Students Help Heal the World
Three local students who are tackling global issues and creating lasting change were the recent recipients of the prestigious Diller Teen Tikkun Olam award.
This honor is bestowed on those outstanding teens the Helen Diller Family Foundation believes best exemplify the Jewish notion of “repairing the world” – or tikkun olam.
Milken students host third annual Fashion with Compassion event
On Sunday, November 7 the third annual Fashion with Compassion event took place. Founded by Celine Yousefzadeh ’11 and Lexie Sokolow ’11 in 2008, the event uses a fashion show as a vehicle to raise money for certain Israeli organizations.
The profits from this year’s show went towards Save a Child’s Heart, a non-profit Israeli organization that provides free heart surgery to children from developing countries.
Mending Hearts, Building Bridges
Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) exists today because of the vision, passion and boundless energies of the late Dr. Amram (Ami) Cohen. An excellent surgeon, an inspiring leader, and a warm and caring person, Ami was the driving force that created SACH and turned it into an important contributor to children’s health worldwide.
Cool Kid’s passion for fashion benefits Israel
This week’s Cool Kid has a passion for fashion. She’s turning it into an international mission to spread an important message. While she was a high school student, Celine Yousefzadeh heard about a rocket attack on a school in Israel.
“They can’t even go through with their daily routine,” said Celine. “For me that was a huge red flag saying, ‘Let’s do something.’”
Celine Yousefzadeh on Holding Fashion Shows to Fundraise for Students in Areas of Conflict
In 2008, Celine Yousefzadeh co-founded Fashion with Compassion with an aim to raise money for the Israeli city of Sderot. What began as a one-off fashion show at her high school in Los Angeles has turned into a model for philanthropy and activism. Celine is mobilizing students across the country (and soon, in London) to hold fashion shows that raise money for charities based in Israel. She’s the recent recipient of the $36,000 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, and will use that money to expand Fashion with Compassion.
California teens win Diller Teen Tikkun Olam awards
Five California teenagers won Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards for their innovative social action projects.
Each will receive an honorarium of $36,000 toward the project or the recipient’s future education.
Fashion with Compassion 2011
Nearly 500 people gathered in Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Zeldin Hershenson Hall on Sunday, November 6, for the fourth annual Fashion with Compassion event. The show, entirely produced by Milken students, was a success again, raising a large amount of money (exact number still being calculated) for the Eliya organization.