Ilene Blau Teen Leadership Institute (IBTLI)

The Ilene Blau Teen Leadership Institute at the East Valley JCC is designed for teens entering grades 9-11.

East Valley Jewish teens must register and be interviewed in order to be accepted into each cohort.
Teens who are selected will participate in monthly workshops, team-building excursions and community service projects.

Teens that complete the cohort will receive a stipend award, continued internship opportunities at the EVJCC and continued participation in IBTLI. 


The Teen Leadership Institute is an EVJCC program supported by BBYO, Temple Emanuel, Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley and ASU Hillel.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Greater Phoenix.

For more information: Contact: 480-897-0588 or e-mail

Schedule for 2018-2019 Teen Leadership Institute

Sept. 13, 2018 – Opening session: Looking at Leadership Examples

Oct. 7, 2018 – Day Trip

Oct. 18, 2018 – Telling Your Story: How Personal Narrative Affects Leadership 

Nov. 15, 2018 – Being an
Up-stander: Differentiating Qualities of Leadership

Dec. 9, 2018 – Facing Your Fears

Jan. 10, 2019 – Volunteer at the Klezmer Fest 

Feb. 7, 2019 – Character Day

March 7, 2019- Respect is Given and Earned


May 2, 2019 -Final planning meeting

May 9, 2019 – Final program

May 16, 2019 – Yom Ha’atzmaut