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Teen helps repair the world through philanthropy

Teen helps repair the world through philanthropy

Last June, a dozen San Diego philanthropists held a check-passing ceremony to deliver more than $20,000 they’d raised for mental health charities.

The event sounds routine, except for the fact that the philanthropists were all members of the Jewish Teen Foundation, a philanthropic council of local high school students.

Among last year’s junior philanthropists was Carmel Valley resident Josh Herz, 18, who was invited back this year to serve on the group’s leadership committee.

Herz and other teen leaders are teaching this year’s newcomers how to choose a charitable mission, find appropriate charities that serve that mission, analyze the groups’ finances, do site visits...