Co-sponsored by ELI Talks and the Schechter Day School Network, the Teen ELI Contest seeks to inspire and reward students and schools who embrace passion, curiosity, 21st century learning and Jewish seeking. ELI talks are ‘inspired Jewish ideas’ addressing Jewish engagement (E), literacy (L), and identity (I) with Israel and peoplehood at the core. Similar to mini-TED Talks, schools are encouraged to adopt and adapt the proven pedagogy for preparing and delivering an “ELI talk” for middle and high school students. Developing a Teen ELI talk, with all the skill-building that process entails, serves as a powerful method of instilling a sense of Jewish pride and confidence. Participants benefit from a meaningful experience. Schools benefit from sharing their students’ powerful stories.