Based on the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, or "repair of the world," the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek to recognize teens who are exceptional role models in their communities and beyond. The awards celebrate teens who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and are actively engaged in projects that embody the values of tikkun olam. Teen projects may benefit the Jewish community or the general community.
Up to fifteen selected teens will be acknowledged for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000 to be used to further their philanthropic work or education.
Anyone is eligible to nominate a teen except for family members, and teens are welcome to apply without a nomination. In that case, no nomination form will be filled out, but an additional (third) recommendation is required. Anyone can serve as a reference for a teen, except for the applicant's nominator or a member of the applicant's family.
To be eligible, nominees must self-identify as Jewish, be between the ages of 13 and 19 at the time of nomination, be working to repair the world in a leadership capacity, and be volunteering without compensation.
For complete award guidelines, nomination and application instructions, an FAQ, and profiles of 2017 award recipients, see the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards website.