4Front is the Baltimore Jewish community’s comprehensive teen initiative. Based on four pillars, advocate, innovate, educate, and collaborate, 4Front serves as a gathering place and open channel for Baltimore’s Jewish teens and the adults who care about them. Here, teens are encouraged to explore their Judaism in ways that are meaningful to them.
At the centerpiece of the initiative is a new Social Innovation Fellowship which will empower teens to tackle community issues through social entrepreneurship. In partnership with Start Up Experience, teens will receive training and Jewish content to develop an innovative mindset and cultivate sustainable solutions for the social issues they care about. Teen participants will travel to Israel during winter break, to learn the story of their heritage through the modern narrative of the “start-up nation.” They will also meeting their high school counterparts from Ashkelon, Israel and Odessa, Ukraine, Baltimore’s sister cities.
4Front is also the home of several existing teen programs emphasizing leadership and social justice including: STAC (Students Taking Action for Change), TGI (Teen Giving Initiative), Diller Teen Fellows and the Teen Service Council. A concierge service will match teens’ interests to a wealth of local programs.
To ensure a holistic approach to teen engagement, 4Front offers development and education for professionals working with teens. Through workshops, seminars, and personal coaching, educators can deepen their skills, broaden their networks, creatively integrate Jewish life into their work, address the needs of teens with knowledge and confidence, and grow personally as Jewish professionals. 4Front will also train a cohort of lay leaders serving on boards of Jewish organizations to be advocates for the needs of and to promote the voice of Jewish teens across the community.
Directed by the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore, 4Front is supported by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Jim Joseph Foundation.