Funding from Six Points Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund will expand employment opportunities for a greater number of Jewish job seekers. Your grant, coupled with your vital hands-on support, networks and guidance, will empower JVS Toronto to mobilize Toronto’s Jewish community leaders and volunteers to develop and implement an aggressive community-wide employment strategy. The implementation of this strategy will lead to reduced unemployment and poverty, and increased self-sufficiency among the Jewish community’s most vulnerable and marginalized members. This will result in less demand on community financial supports and other related social services. In addition, once employed, individuals will be more likely to thrive, and will have a new avenue to get on UJA Federation’s “affiliation highway”, where they can contribute their time, talent and/or dollars back to the community.
Social innovation refers to new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that strengthen civil society and meet social needs of all kinds - from working conditions and education to community development and health. The Centre for Jewish Innovation (CJI) will serve as Toronto's first incubator for Jewish social entrepreneurs who have initiated their own start up organizations focused upon services and programs for the Jewish community of Toronto. The CJI will share space with Hillel Toronto in the Wolfond Centre for Jewish Student Life at the University of Toronto. With a small retrofit of a suitable space in the building, the CJI will provide a package of support tools to competitively selected, innovative start up organizations that focus upon social action, Jewish education, spirituality, and/or social engagement . Start-up organizations selected for the incubator will have access to a staff person trained in not for profit management, and receive free office space, a technology and admin package, training workshops, a mentor, a peer community and a stipend.
By leveraging the opportunity to use this prime community space, students will be engaged with a network of Jewish innovators locally, in Israel and around the globe. In addition, the CJI will provide a platform for experienced and successful community and business leaders to impart knowledge and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.