What Do We Do?
Teens for Teens works to support struggling teenagers in New Jersey by volunteering and fundraising for local existing organizations.
More About Us
Our primary fundraising activity consists of hosting an annual charity gala showcasing teenage artistic talent from New Jersey. We are proud to have raised over $160,000 since our inception in 2013.
Who we are
Teens for Teens is a not-for-profit organization managed exclusively by teenagers from Northern New Jersey whose mission is to support charitable organizations that focus on helping teenagers in need within our community. Our main goals are to organize fundraisers benefiting teenagers in New Jersey through existing organizations and by directly working with teenagers in need of mentoring or assistance.
Besides our annual gala, the group volunteers in other ways, including helping with hands-on activities and personally working with teenagers in the area.
Our 2022 Gala was our first Gala held back in person after Covid and it supported Caring Contact, an award-winning, a volunteer-staffed crisis hotline that provides active listening support in both central and northern New Jersey. Their volunteers are trained to provide a non-judgmental and supportive ear to those dealing with depression, anxiety, other sources of stress or suicidal thoughts. Founded in 1975, Caring Contact responds to more than 15,000 local calls a year. Learn more at: https://caringcontact.org/
The 2021 Gala was held virtually as a result of Covid-19 in benefit of Intensive Therapeutics. We raised almost $19,000 for Intensive Therapeutics, the leading organization providing a collaborative therapeutic program for children and young adults with special needs. Intensive Therapeutics child-first, expert services utilize established practices to focus on autism, hemiplegia, prevocational and independent living, and everyday kids (school, sensory, and the in-between). They do it so each child and young adult can reach their fullest potential. Learn more at: https://intensivetherapeutics.org/
Hearts For Emma
In 2020, the TFT team hosted a virtual Gala as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We raised over $7,000 for Hearts For Emma, a volunteer-run, 501c(3) nonprofit organization based in Cranford, New Jersey. Which operates a Bedside Support program for families with infants, children, and adolescents with heart disease while they are in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Hearts for Emma also engages in education and advocacy and collaborated with New Jersey Sharing Network to develop educational materials to teach teens in health and driver's education classes about the importance of organ and tissue donation. For more information about Hearts for Emma, please Visit: heartsforemma.org.
In 2019, we raised over $26,000 for Bianca's Kids, a New Jersey-based organization that grants a wish to children who have been displaced by the foster system, affected by a disability, or who are struggling with financial issues. For more information please visit www.biancaskids.org.
New Point Specialty
In 2018, we raised over $26,000 for New Point Specialty, adolescent program at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center that provides housing, support, and education to teens who have been abused and have nowhere else. For more information click here.
Roots and Wings
In 2017, we raised $27,000 for the benefit of Roots & Wings, an organization that assists youth who age out of the foster care system. For more information please visit rootsandwingsnj.org
In 2016, we raised $28,800 for the benefit of Liam's Room, an organization that funds the education of health care providers on the implementation of pediatric palliative care. Liam’s Room also creates custom-designed, home-like, inpatient pediatric hospital rooms – “Liam’s Rooms”, where seriously ill children and their families can experience more of the comforts of home. For more information please visit liamsroom.org
In 2015, we raised $23,000 for the benefit of Imagine, an organization that provides free peer grief support year-round for as long as it is needed to children, young adults, and families dealing with the death or life-altering illness of a parent, sibling or child. For more information please visit imaginenj.org
In 2014, we raised $19,000 for the benefit of Robin's Nest, an organization that protects children, strengthens families, and empowers the community through innovative, life-enhancing services that help troubled teens in the area who have been in the foster care system. For more information please visit robinsnestinc.org