In addition to all of the activities and programs in AZA and BBG, every teen across the world involved in BBYO takes part in the various teen-lead and driven initiatives and campaigns. These initiatives and campaigns act as driving forces behind our movement that motivate each and every Aleph and BBG to make a positive impact both in their local community and around the world. With the support of the leaders of AZA and BBG, every teen is able to take part in our initiatives and campaigns. To learn about how to bring these initiatives home, check out their websites! To learn how to implement these initiatives at home, check out the AZA BBG Initiatives Planning Guide.
Explore Our Newest Initiatives and Campaigns
The number of people displaced by violence and persecution has hit a record high. Now, millions of men, women and children face an uncertain road ahead. Learn from our partners at Repair the World how you can get involved in supporting refugees across the globe and create an environment of support and sustainability in your community and beyond.
Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah to raise funds and awareness for social justice causes. Bring your chapter together to bake challah as a community—we’ll even give you up to $100 to put it on! While the dough rises, learn about hunger and ways to advocate for change. You even have the opportunity to sell the challah to your peers, parents and community members. 50% of profits raised will be donated to support Challah for Hunger’s Chapter Program, and 50% to a non-profit of your choice fighting hunger in your community.
Dr. King reminds us that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” In the face of ever-rampant racial inequality, help to elevate the voices of others. Join our friends at Repair the World in exploring power and privilege and examine Jewish perspectives on civil rights. Help your chapter create meaningful social justice dialogue to be the catalyst that leads to action.
Students everywhere deserve the tools necessary to succeed in school and beyond. As you kick off another school year, spend time with your chapter learning about the achievement gap between students in low-income communities and their higher-income peers. What will you do to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity to succeed?
Started by two BBYO teens in Houston, TX, Bottles of Smiles supports children recovering from and living with serious illnesses. Take their minds off of treatments and surgeries with bottles filled with toys, activities and a personalized message from you. Deliver the bottles to your local children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald House and spend some time with the kids--you are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces! Order the materials through our website, and get started creating your Bottles of Smiles.
Enough. is BBYO Stand UP's campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault. In partnership with It’s On Us, NO MORE and Jewish Women International, Alephs and BBGs are standing up to say “enough” to domestic violence and sexual assault, recognizing that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual violence is not only a crime, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. Make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault by taking the pledge, use your creativity to make your own PSA or take your voices all the way to Capitol Hill. Learn the ways you can stand up with your chapter to create an environment where all are safe.
On December 2nd and 3rd, BBYO chapters around the world will take part in Global Shabbat 2016, hosting simultaneous Friday night, Saturday morning and Havdalah services along with Shabbat friendly programs, showcasing our commitment to amplifying our voice as a community that is fortunate and grateful to celebrate the joy of Shabbat together. This year, AZA and BBG will celebrate Global Shabbat under one united theme of “Be[ing] a Gamechanger,” for which BBYO teen leaders will invite other #gamechangers – including community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs and/or Holocaust survivors – to enjoy Shabbat with them, their peers and the greater community.
Founded by COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In is focused on encouraging girls to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do. Learn how to be a strong leader in your community and empower the women in your life to be bold, not bossy. Create a Lean In Circle with your chapter to gain insights and skills to help you become the leader you’ve always wanted to be.
While Alephs and BBGs connect through a lot of things, one makes the top of the list, food – and, of course, the Jewish future. Taste of BBYO combines the two by bringing you a fun and delicious chapter program. Download the resources found below and learn about the global Jewish community through food! Make this program an ISF fundraiser and help BBYO provide meaningful Jewish experiences to Jewish teens all over the world.