"The hope for the future rests in the courage and creativity of adolescence,
as a period of time and adolescents as individuals."

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, by Dan Siegel, M.


UsYouMe creates opportunities for adolescents to plan and lead trips that provide vital services to communities in the developing world. By engaging students in every aspect of trip preparation and execution, UsYouMe preserves and strengthens the three key idealistic impulses of adolescence: Creativity, Courage and Belief. As their inner core is developing, teens are most in need of experiences that reinforce these impulses and encourage idealism to blossom.

UsYouMe’s innovative program fills the gap, transforming students, who have grown up as “receivers” into “givers,” who take responsibility for planting and planting seeds that heal the world. Concentric circles of lives are touched, as the seeds take root in the young givers, grow strong in the communities they serve, and bear fruit into future acts of generosity around the world.

UsYouMe's strategic partners include Project Ten, The Jewish Agency, and the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, California, as well as in-country NGOs.

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Jewish/Israeli adolescents from the Bay Area are planning and participating in a June 2015 trip to Ethiopia, Mexico, Puerto Rico or Guatemala for 15-18 days to execute service and social justice projects. (Information is being gathered and the project location will be decided by the UsYouMe delegation in February).

Students are leading all aspects of the trip preparation, including logistical details for the mission, cultural and personal groundwork to maximize the participants’ experience, and research on the community service project.

The delegation will include up to 26 people: high school students, four adult leaders (two men and two women).

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Sima Simon founded UsYouMe from her unrelenting passion to create a global movement that harnesses the capacities of youth for service and social justice. Prior to starting UsYouMe, Sima held leadership positions in the high-tech sector, including CEO, marketing and business development. She has an Executive MBA from Bar Ilan University and completed the High Potential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. She is the mother of three children.