International Order Gathers for Three Pre-IC Summits

Posted on 02/11/2015 @ 09:42 PM


Members of the 2014-15 AZA and BBG International Boards lead the Execs delegates in discussion on Marathon Madness.

Teens from across the International Order gathered in Atlanta today for three Pre-IC Summits: AZA BGG February Executives Conference (Execs), Jewish Enrichment Institute and Songleading Workshop (JEI) and Relationship Driven Recruitment Summit (RDR).

Delegates at Execs came together to reaffirm their commitment to our Movement priorities and to utilize their collective energy to brainstorm and plan for an exciting future. From now through the end of Execs, the participants will focus on furthering the depth of chapter and community programming by focusing on Movement wide spring 2015 initiatives and expanding our movement’s reach through membership growth strategies. The Execs body will hear about the importance of advocacy and strong relationships with government officials from Jonathan Greenblatt, Former Special Assistant to the President of the United States and National Director Designate of the Anti-Defamation League. Execs kicked off with a fun icebreaker and mixer inspired by our Spring Initiative, Marathon Madness.

Greenblatt’s address will also be heard by the participants of the RDR Summit. These teens will engage with each other, the International teen leaders, and community partners to build strategies and develop skills to achieve a strong recruitment campaign. The RDR delegates are focusing on strengthening their skills of human connection by working with Matt Mattson, Founder and CEO of Phired Up Productions to hone their organizational growth skills. This summit began with an engaging session with Matt Mattson and Tina VanSteenbergen from Phired Up, and two alumni from Zeta Beta Tau, a Jewish fraternity, to get them ready for their time here at IC and as BBYO leaders.

Delegates at our Jewish Enrichment Institute and Songleading Workshop are split into three tracts: BBYO Harmonized, BBYO Amplified and BBYOrganized. BBYO Harmonized teens will work on amplifying their Jewish programming in their chapters, councils, regions and countries. BBYO Amplified delegates will work with BBYO song leaders, Eric Hunker and Happie Hoffman to enhance their songleading skills. BBYOrganized participants will embrace aspects of advocacy and issue awareness that will result in tangible change in their communities. All three tracts kicked off their summit with a meeting of minds with BBYO Jewish Enrichment professionals, song leaders, and the six inspired JEI teen coordinators. “We’re the dream teen of coordinators, an amazing group of visionaries,” explained JEI Coordinator, Yishai Barth. “This is a nucleus of Jewish leadership in BBYO and we’re going to elevate this Order with the work we do here in these short 18 hours.”

All three Pre-IC summits will conclude tomorrow and the delegates will join the rest of the International Order for the rest of IC 2015. Tomorrow, two other Pre-IC Summits begin will also take place: the Global Partners Summit and the Coalition of Jewish Teens. Stay tuned!