For 90 years, AZA BBG International Convention has served to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG, to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community. AZA BBG 2013 showed the strength and power of not only what our movement has accomplished, but also of what our movement is capable of doing.
At AZA BBG IC 2013, President Obama, through a prepared video, addressed an audience of more than 2,000 Jewish teen leaders of AZA and BBG, BBYO’s renowned leadership platform and high school fraternity and sorority, educators, thought leaders, volunteers and philanthropists from 18 countries.
The President addressed the audience, “this gathering gives you a chance to affirm your faith and recommit yourselves to the enduring values this organization represents.” He then encouraged the teens to return home, spread their enthusiasm and show the important role that young people play in making a difference in society.
Also speaking on the Thursday evening of AZA BBG IC 2013 was Michael Froman, Assistant to the President of the United States and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs. Froman, an alumnus of BBYO and former Grand Aleph Godol (International Teen President of AZA), referenced BBYO as having contributed most to who he is today.
Friday morning at the BBYO Stand UP Day of Service and Advocacy plenary, BBYO welcomed alumni engaged in Jewish communal service, educational and entrepreneurial work around the world. The teen leadership body presented the Annual BBYO Stand UP Lifetime Achievement Award to DNC Chairwoman and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who spoke about the importance of standing up for important causes of the day. The Convention body heard remarks from Josh Mandel (R-OH), a Marine Corps veteran and State Treasurer of Ohio. Then, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice delivered the Call to Action before the delegates go into the DC community for hands on service and advocacy training.
Other notable programs and events during AZA BBG IC 2013 included:
For more details on AZA BBG IC 2013, please read through the 2013 Program Guide below. More information on the AZA BBG IC 2014 program will be made available in the near future.