USY Service-Learning Initiative Selects ‘Changemaker’ to Inspire Teens to Make a Commitment to Social Action

Matthew Fieldman, an advertising agency CEO who’s won several awards and honors for his work as a social entrepreneur has been named the 2015 “USY Danny Siegel Changemaker-in-Residence” by United Synagogue Youth. Over the course of the year Fieldman will serve as a teacher, mentor, and role model for Jewish teens, inspiring them to make a commitment to social action and social justice.

The Changemaker program gives teens a chance to meet and work with experienced professionals on the forefront of social entrepreneurship and tikun olam. Now in its second year, the program taps in to the desire of young people to have a direct, positive impact on their world, while helping them connect this passion to their Jewish identities.

The USY Danny Siegel Changemaker-in-Residence program is funded by a generous gift from Dianne and Martin Newman of Providence, Rhode Island in memory of their parents, Sylvia and Leonard Zimet and Lillian and Morris Newman.

The Newmans chose to name the program for Danny Siegel because of his tremendous impact inspiring Jewish teens to work to improve the world. A past USY International President, poet, author and lecturer, Siegel has shared his passion for “doing good” with generations of USYers, and his name has become synonymous with tikun olam in USY and around the world.