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The Second Floor Teen Center at the JCC: Grades 6-12

Located upstairs in the Robinson building of the Sq. Hill JCC, The Second Floor is open daily for teens to enjoy unlimited snacks and coffee, Netflix, Playstation, Xbox, friendly conversation, and more. The Second Floor is the most coveted spot to chill with friends, do homework or have meetings for youth groups. Lounge on our comfortable couch or be productive at the coffee bar while sipping on a yummy cafe latte—compliments of us! Our fridge is stocked with an assortment of food to keep you fueled and ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you. Our Peer Engagement Interns and staff are always here to greet you. Stop by whether it’s just to grab a snack or converse with friends—we love to see new faces! Find us on Instagram and [email protected] for a daily look into the fun on The Second Floor!

Hours of Operation

· Monday–Thursday until 5.30 pm

· Friday until 5 pm

Free Membership to The Second Floor Teen Center at the JCC

The Second Floor Teen Center Membership is available to 6th grade through 12th grade teens who are not already members of the JCC. The Second Floor membership gives you a non-member JCC access card to the Robinson Building (5738 Darlington) of the Sq. Hill JCC from 1–5.30 pm Monday through Thursday, and 1–5 pm on Friday. The Second Floor is open daily for teens to enjoy unlimited snacks and coffee, Netflix, PlayStation, Xbox, wellness room, and more. The Second Floor is always staffed by at least one employee when open. For more information, email Josh Cohen at [email protected].

The Second Floor Peer Engagement Internship: Ages 16-18
Josh Cohen, [email protected]

The Second Floor Peer Engagement Internship trains and empowers teens to help create a more connected and inclusive teen community. The Peer Engagement Internship is a 10-month paid internship for teens through The Second Floor at the JCC. Interns serve as connectors and builders of Jewish life in Pittsburgh, utilizing their own social networks and creating relationships with Jewish students across the community. Interns attend monthly skill-building workshops and create their own teen-led programs to welcome their peers to The Second Floor space. Interested students must be in grades 10-12 and over the age of 16 to apply. Peer Engagement Interns have the option this year to intern in the fall (sept-dec), spring (Jan-June), or both. All Peer Engagement Interns will be paid at a rate of $8.50/hour for the 2022-2023 school year.

THIS YEAR, THE SECOND FLOOR IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE NOW OFFER 5 DIFFERENT PEER ENGAGEMENT INTERNSHIP POSITIONS! These positions include The Second Floor Interns, J-Serve Interns, Nazun/Challah for Hunger Interns, Wellness Interns, and Israel Engagement Interns! Brief descriptions of these positions are HERE but we are happy to answer any questions you might have on the roles/responsibilities!

Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 school year! Click here to apply.

 

Kashrut (Kosher foods) Policy at The Second Floor Teen Center
Because The Second Floor Teen Center is a pluralistic space, we welcome teens to bring any food they want to eat to the center. All the food we serve or provide at The Second Floor is certified kosher. We have paper plates and utensils for teens who require those items to be kosher. The minhag (custom) of The Second Floor is to accept all hechshers/rabbinic certifications. If you or your teen is involved in one of our programs and has a dietary restriction or adheres to a different level of kashrut, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them! Email Maria Carson for more info at [email protected]

Get Your Think On! - Learning Based Programs learn more

J Line

Be The Change - Volunteer Based Programs learn more

J-Serve Pittsburgh
Samuel M. Goldston Teen Philanthropy

Light the Way - Leadership Programs/ Opportunities learn more

Diller Teen Fellows
The Peer Engagement Internship

Find Your Tribe - Group Learning/ Niche Programming learn more

Other ways to get involved!

J Line: Free Teen Jewish Education

J Line provides experiential and relevant Jewish education to any teen, completely free of charge. Our offerings this year are modular and “a la carte”: find what looks interesting to you and sign up for it! Find out more here.

The She’elot Fellowship: Learn to Earn!

The She’elot Fellowship is a twelve-week learning Fellowship for high school students. The She’elot — or Question – Fellowship is focused on asking and attempting to answer deep questions about life, society, and Jewish identity.

Because learning and participating in the Fellowship takes a significant amount of time, we are pleased to be able to pay Fellows for successfully completing the Fellowship. All Fellows will earn $250.00 after completing the Fellowship.

For more information, email Maria Carson at [email protected]. Ready to register? You can do so here.

J-Serve Pittsburgh/J-Serve Steering Committee:
Grades 6-12

J-Serve Pittsburgh is an annual day of service learning, planned by a teen steering committee and offering a wide array of service opportunities to participants from all over the greater Pittsburgh area. Each year, hundreds of teens come together in service, doing everything from preparing meals for families in need to packing craft kits for patients at Children’s Hospital to cleaning up Squirrel Hill’s streets, and much more. Join us for another amazing year of J-Serve Pittsburgh!

J-Serve 2023 date to be announced soon!

J-Serve Pittsburgh is planned every year by a teen steering committee of dedicated student leaders passionate about giving back to the community through service and growing as activists.

Click HERE to learn more about J-Serve

J-SERVE is a partnership of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Repair the World: Pittsburgh, BBYO and the Volunteer Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

For more information, email Josh Cohen at [email protected].

The Goldston Teen Philanthropy Project: Grades 8-10

The Goldston Teen Philanthropy Project is a program consisting of monthly Wednesday afternoon sessions.

For 8th-10th graders, the Project is focused on philanthropy, social justice, and volunteerism in theory and practice.

Together, a cohort of Pittsburgh teens will:

– Learn about social justice, philanthropy and fundraising through a Jewish lens
– Learn about Judaism, Pittsburgh, and themselves
– Allocate over $10,000 to a local non-profit of their choice!
– Learn to evaluate and read grant proposals from local organizations
– This amazing program is fun, educational, and looks GREAT on college applications! To request more info, please email Director of Teen Leadership, Rebecca Kahn, at [email protected].

The schedule for this program is still being determined, but will take place on afternoons in our Squirrel Hill The Second Floor Teen Center. Snacks will be provided.

Questions? Comments? Email Director of Teen Leadership, Rebecca Kahn at [email protected]

Nazun (Formerly Challah for Hunger)

Shape challah dough into beautiful braids while learning about tikkun olam, food insecurity, and raising money for local food access organizations!

Nazun meets once a month in Squirrel Hill. For more information, email Maria Carson at [email protected].

Peer Engagement Internship

The Second Floor Peer Engagement Internship trains and empowers teens to help create a more connected and inclusive teen community. The Peer Engagement Internship is a 10-month paid internship for teens through The Second Floor at the JCC. Interns serve as connectors and builders of Jewish life in Pittsburgh, utilizing their own social networks and creating relationships with Jewish students across the community. Interns attend monthly skill-building workshops and create their own teen-led programs to welcome their peers to The Second Floor space.

Interested students must be in grades 10-12 and over the age of 16 to apply.

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Diller Teen Fellowship

The Diller Teen Fellows Program is Pittsburgh’s premier Jewish leadership development program. Twenty 10th and 11th graders are selected and participate for a year with the purpose of developing active, effective leaders with a strong commitment to the Jewish people.

Click here, or email Rebecca Kahn at [email protected], to learn more about the Diller Teen Fellowship.

Check out our Diller cohort on Facebook and instagram @DillerPittsburgh

The Wellness Room

Stop by the JCC Wellness Room to practice wellness activities & to de-stress. We have puzzles, discovery sheets, meditation tools, aromatherapy, biofeedback and much more.

Looking for more wellness resources and online tools check out the JCC Online Teen Resource Room HERE or if you need a private online chat feature to connect with brief support check out upstreet.

Teen Wellness Committee

Join the teen wellness committee to plan events in the Second Floor Space around mental and physical wellness! (ex: art nights, destress activities, sports nights, etc..)  We want your ideas and your talents. Make friends & get involved with community organizations that are promoting wellness.

Email Maria Carson at [email protected] for more information!

The Maccabi Games

In summer 2023, 3,000 Jewish teen athletes, ages 12-17 and representing communities from across the globe, will come together to experience the magic of JCC Maccabi, the world’s largest Jewish youth sports event. Among the highlights of this unique, Olympic-style Jewish experience will be: sports competitions, including opening and closing ceremonies; travel; community service; social and cultural events; and opportunities to create Jewish connections, friendships, and memories to last a lifetime!

For more information visit our Maccabi page here or email Josh Cohen at [email protected]

Contact Us

Contact Maria Carson or Josh Cohen for questions about registration, activities, and more!

[email protected]

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“Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.”

– Elie Wiesel

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