image description donate

Tawonga Teen Interns

A one-year program where teens build professional skills, work Tawonga programs and build community through fun events

Earn community service hours, make money and build résumés!


Fall 2018 through Summer 2019. (Teens can join on an ongoing basis.)


10th-12th graders (in Fall 2018)
No prior Tawonga experience required

Cost and Time Commitment

Free! No cost to join trainings, classes and most outings. Only fee incurred is to attend the Teen Winter Retreat and LA trip. It’s our hope that teens attend as many events as possible, but there is no required minimum amount. Come when you can!

How to Register

We are still accepting registrations! Click here to register using Camp-In-Touch and feel free to reach Sam Quintana, Program Manager, at [email protected] for additional information.

Can’t come to every event? That’s OK! We’re here to work with your schedule.

Program Overview

Tawonga’s first internship program is open to all 10th through 12th graders interested in building their resume in the field of youth service in the Jewish community. Through one year of hands-on, skill-building trainings and classes focused on the uniquely resonant Tawonga way of working with youth, as well as social-justice volunteer outings and social gatherings and retreats, teens will come away inspired and empowered to be change-makers in their communities.

Eligibility Requirements

ALL teens are invited to join us at social gatherings and events. In order to work for Camp Tawonga as a teen, the following criteria must be met:

  • Only 12th graders may work 2019 Family Camp programs. Seniors who have not completed the CIT program must interview and provide reference.
  • Training required for all 10th, 11th and 12th graders interested in working in the Tawonga Bar & Bat Mitzvah as teaching assistants and retreat staff.
  • Interview required for 10th, 11th and 12th graders interested in working outreach events, tot shabbats, Erev Rosh Hashanah and one-off events throughout the year.
  • Liability waiver required for all overnight retreats and programs.

Upon completion of the program (at which time teens will have staffed real Tawonga programs), all participants will be awarded with a Tawonga Certificate of Youth Training Excellence, granting them paid work status for Tawonga programs as well as for other Jewish agencies.

Program Components

  • Hands-on youth serving trainings, many beginning with Jewish text study as a lens through which to learn
  • Social justice volunteer outings with local non-profit organizations such as the SF Food Bank and Glide Memorial Church (eligible for community service hours)
  • Classic Tawonga bonding fun through Shabbat potlucks, day hikes, dances and Tawonga’s Teen Winter Retreat
  • An LA trip over Presidents Day Weekend focused on service plus FUN
  • Opportunities to staff and get paid for multiple Tawonga programs, including as TAs in Tawonga’s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Program, counselors at Family Camp and event staff at Tawonga Down the Mountain programs
  • Youth Training Excellence Certificate upon program completion, indicating successful work status for Tawonga programs. The certificate can be used to build your resume, include on college applications or given to another Jewish agency (synagogue, JCCs) for employment verification.

Calendar of Events

Check out our 2018-2019 Calendar of Events here. Attending every event is not required to join the program. We will work with your schedule!


Feel free to reach Tawonga’s San Francisco office if you have questions about the Tawonga Teen Interns program or how to register: 415.543.2267/[email protected].



Tawonga Teen Interns is part of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, a project of the Federation, in partnership with Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, and with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation.