The Diller Teen Fellows Alumni Impact Initiative Program provides an opportunity for the 5000+ Diller Teen Fellows Alumni around the globe putting their talents, skills and passions into action.
It is designed for alumni to receive funding in order to support their ideas that serve their larger local communities. Sarah Katz, a Diller Alumni 2018-2019 participant, has been awarded a micro-grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation as she embarks on a monumental “impact project” — The COVID-19 Inter-school Devices and Data Matric initiative.
The current lockdown has highlighted and exacerbated educational disparities between students from advantaged backgrounds and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The initiative aims to provide high quality devices, ongoing data and routers to the 108 current matric students of the matric class of Gardens Commercial High School.
Through the Diller Teen Fellows programme Sarah has been inspired by the importance of Jewish Peoplehood, Tikkun Olam (social activism) and the diversity that exists in our South African community. When asked about the Diller values inspiring the project, Sarah said, “Diller speaks to the importance of one’s Jewish community branching out to the broader community of one’s country/city. This initiative aims to connect the matric students at Herzlia High School with matric students at Gardens Commercial High School, and hence forming a sense of connectedness and shared responsibility amongst students from different cultural and
We are very proud that Sarah has found a way to engage with this crisis head-on, and we await the incredible outcomes this project is bound to achieve.
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