Palisadian Teen Receives $36,000 to Benefit “Bored of Boredom”
By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
Hope Shinderman has always had a heart for giving.
Recently, in recognition of her vision and dedication, the Palisadian received the 2021 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, a program of the Helen Diller Family Foundation, and received $36,000 to support her work or further her education alongside 14 other Jewish teens.
As Angelenos grappled with school closures during the pandemic, many students from marginalized communities were being left behind. In an effort to combat the problem, Shinderman founded Bored of Boredom to provide online academic and extracurricular support for students suffering learning losses in the midst of COVID-19.
Many participants are neurodiverse, ESL students or from under-resourced communities. Bored of Boredom has mobilized more than 900 volunteers to serve 2,000 students in preschool through 12th grade around the world with virtual group classes on traditional and unique topics, an ESL program, social justice courses, and individual tutoring.
It has community partnerships in the United States, as well as in China and Central America, and has raised money to support increased technology access to help bridge the digital divide. The organization has begun training a new leadership team to ensure Bored of Boredom’s continued success.
Bored for Boredom held its first-ever STEM Bowl via Zoom on June 19, a quiz-style contest designed for elementary schoolers (grades one through five). The organization also hosted an Environmental Showcase through Zoom on July 10. The showcase consisted of work from BoB students and tutors.
“I absolutely love to learn,” Shinderman said on the BoB website. “I particularly enjoy studying the humanities, engaging with subjects like philosophy, literature and political science to analyze the ways in which society has progressed morally and intellectually. In my free time, I love to listen to punk rock music, read theory and fiction, experiment with vegetarian cooking, and make punk rock accessories, like patches and jewelry.”
A neurodivergent student, Shinderman shared she is amazed how much the nonprofit organization has expanded in such a short time. Last year, Bored of Boredom was featured in the Palisadian-Post, as well as on the Palisades Podcast, hosted by longtime community members Steve Cron and Maryam Zar.
Shinderman lives in the Highlands and just graduated from Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, where she was involved in Bel Canto, Jewish Student Union, the student newspaper, the debate team and the National Spanish Honors Society. She will be attending Columbia University in the fall.
Bored of Boredom offers one-on-one tutoring, as well as classes and a full curriculum.
“We strive to bring enrichment opportunities to those who have historically been excluded from receiving such resources,” Shinderman said on the podcast. “We’re a dedicated group of people, and we just wanted to help as many people as we can.”
Shinderman’s inspiration came a few days before spring break in 2020, and she recruited many of her closest classmates during the second half of her junior year to join her. Before long she put together a team of about five student teachers, and when demand grew, they quickly realized they needed more help.
Within days, BoB had grown to include more than 100 student volunteers from Marlborough, Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood School, Palisades Charter High School, Viewpoint School, Santa Monica High, Los Angeles County High School of the Arts and Areté Preparatory Academy.
Shinderman used to join her father on volunteer outings in Los Angeles for the Water Buffalo Club, a group formed in 1989 and consisting of the Westside’s most successful businessmen—including CEOs, accountants, attorneys and investment bankers from Pacific Palisades—who are dedicated to providing time and financial support to children in need in the community.
She has been a Madricha/Teacher’s Aid at Kehillat Israel since 2016, has interned at Loyola Project for the Innocent and Jewish World Watch for four years and has volunteered at The Children’s Ranch Foundation since 2019.
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