Service Opportunities & Events

Make an Impact with YouthFirst

Connect with teens from around the Bay Area as we address a range of challenges/issues facing our communities. Through advocacy projects and service-learning events, you can help make a difference through your actions and voice!

Follow us on Instagram for updates on these and other events. Fill out the Participant Form for your region below, and we’ll be in touch to let you know when we add new events to our schedule.


Impact Year Registration Form
Impact Year Registration Form
Impact Year Registration Form
Impact Year Registration Form


Upcoming Service Projects

Follow us on Instagram for updates on these and other events.

landscapePlant People: A Tu B’Shevat Hike & Citizen Data Collection

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Phyllis Ellman Trail, Ring Mountain, Marin County

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat—the Jewish New Year for the Trees—by joining the YouthFirst community at Ring Mountain! We will learn about local flora and contribute to essential citizen science data collection as a way to protect native species. Come connect with the trees, plants, earth, and each other on this teen-led nature walk. Register here! Questions? [email protected]


bee on flowerBanquet for the Bees

Monday, January 17, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Join other teens at the Oshman Family JCC’s Mitzvah Day for a community-wide day of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) as part of a national day of service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Learn about our environment while making fun and easy projects that help the birds and the bees! Participants will make wildflower seed bombs, and bee bomb pollinators to help mother nature and some of her littlest helpers thrive. Register Here. Questions? [email protected].


woman with megaphonePalo Alto Teens Take Action: Roundtable with Assemblymember Marc Berman

Thursday, January 20, 2021 at 6:00pm
On Zoom

Zoom into our teen roundtable discussion with 5 exceptional Palo Alto teens together with Palo Alto Assemblymember Marc Berman! Excited to continue his mission to involve young people in politics, Assemblymember Berman will be answering questions from local teens inspired by Jewish Values of shomrei adamah (protecting the environment) and sh’mirat hagoof (taking care of the body). Zoom participants will be able to submit questions and comments in the chat. Do you want to cheer on your local teens and have a chance to take action locally regarding issues that impact your community? Join us! Register here to receive the Zoom link. Questions? [email protected]


Senior woman holding ring on necklacePoetry Evening! Connecting Generations with Poetry and Conversation

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7:00 – 8:15 pm
On zoom (link to be sent upon registration)

When we connect with seniors, we embody the important Jewish value of L’dor v’dor (from generation to generation), so prepare a short story or poem that you either love or wrote, and join us for this warm-hearted gathering.  Invite your grandparents or multi-generational family and friends to participate and share poetry too!  We are excited to bring teens together for this event, and to create a video compilation of the readings to be shared with residents of Rhoda Goldman Plaza. Register here. Questions? [email protected].


youthfirst member gardeningCalling All Green Thumbs: Working with Our Community and a San Francisco Gardener

Sunday, Jan. 30, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Stow Lake Boathouse—50 Stow Lake Dr., San Francisco

Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep the 1,017 acres of Golden Gate Park beautiful?  On this Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat, when we celebrate the “birthday of trees,” join YouthFirst teens and an official San Francisco gardener to roll up our sleeves and beautify our beloved park. Register here. Questions? [email protected].

duckTalk to the Animals

Sunday, January 30, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Smile Farm—Baylands Park, 999 E Caribbean Dr., Sunnyvale

Since the pandemic, thousands of animals have been rescued and adopted to provide emotional support for people of all ages.  As the Jewish concept of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim demands that we take animal suffering seriously, we will support the efforts of Animal Assisted Happiness, a working farm full of furry and feathered friends whose only mission is to make people smile. Register Here. Questions? [email protected].


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Letter Writing for Homebound Seniors

Everyone loves to get handwritten notes, especially seniors!  Help make an isolated senior’s day by writing a card, sending a joke, or drawing a picture, and let them know you are thinking about them. If you would like to write personal notes to ten seniors in our community, please contact Deborah Schneider at [email protected] for a list of names and instructions on where to send them.

Donate to JFCS Food Banks

Our community faces an unprecedented need for food donations and deliveries during the pandemic. Help JFCS keep our Food Banks full throughout the Bay Area and ensure we have essential supplies for everyone in need. Learn more about how you and your family can contribute.

Completed Service Projects

See our list of completed YouthFirst service projects over the past year >


Director Linda Karlin; 415-359-2463

San Francisco Andrew Hoffer; 415-449-1291

North Peninsula Natan Kuchar; 415-359-2477

South Peninsula Deborah Schneider; 650-688-3059

Marin County Margolit Sands; 415-419-3641


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