Derek M. Sheckman Teen Leadership Award

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Recognizing Jewish Teen Leaders


In 1996, 16-year old Derek Sheckman was one of two recipients of the North Shore Jewish community’s first Teen Leadership Award. In 1998, after Derek’s untimely death, the Jewish Federation of the North Shore decided to honor his memory by changing the name of the award to the Derek M. Sheckman Teen Leadership Award.

Today, JTI is proud to continue overseeing the Award. From its inception, the award has sought to recognize teen leaders in the Jewish community, challenging them to understand the power, impact and importance they have in the life and future of the North Shore’s Jewish community. Sheckman Award recipients receive seed money towards a service project (up to $1000) as well as guidance and support to develop and implement their own vision.

Each year in the spring we accept nominations from teachers, rabbis, coaches and neighbors for North Shore teens in grades 10-11 who exemplify leadership and commitment to the community. Chosen nominees receive a personal interview with a selection committee in which the candidates present their plans for a service project. 

Nominations for the 2019 Derek Sheckman Awards has closed. Winners will be announced at JTI & CJP Community Action Day on April 14.

Learn more about Derek Sheckman and read his journal HERE.

Sheckman Award Recipients Through the Years

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