ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Jewish Community Youth Foundation (JCYF) celebrated its 17th year of giving at its annual Check Presentation Ceremony on Sunday, February 9 at Robbinsville High School.  As a result of the group's philanthropic efforts, more than $46,000 was distributed to 20 non-profit organizations by 163 teens representing 11 Synagogues and 36 area schools. 

During the event, Robbinsville teen Zachary Harris spoke about the importance of "recognizing the gifts given to us and graciously using them to help others." 

Nicole Block, also a Robbinsville resident and a member of the JCYF Senior Class of 2020, said that “JCYF has shown me how to make the greatest impact on those who need it the most - a value I will take with me for the rest of my life and use in all my future philanthropic endeavors.”

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JCYF is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and funded by the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks.  The program has disbursed more than $890,350 since its inception 17 years ago.  Part of this year’s JCYF curriculum included the third annual JCYFund Day, a phone-a-thon to raise additional funds making a greater impact on the awarded grants.     

The evening included a live grant giving circle where the audience selected one of three agencies chosen by the senior class, based on their mission.  

The Jewish Community Youth Foundation awarded its Annual Alumni Award to Connor Dedrick, class of 2017 and Montgomery resident, for his outstanding work at Boston University.   Connor designated the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem as the recipient of his $360 award prize.  

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