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Day Two in Review

Posted on 08/17/2012 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: augustexecs2012

After a night of rest, we were up early to spend our first full day together here at August Execs. The morning discussions looked into the current state of the order from all stakeholder perspectives, as well as a review of the Five Teen Priorities of our movement.

From there, we moved into an interactive Stand UP program led by our International Sh'lichim, Benji Fages and Andie Djamal. Participants went through rotations where they learned about planning engaging J-Serve projects, the transition from Panim Summits to the new AZA/BBG Issue Summits, and bringing Stand UP to the chapter level. During this program, it was also announced that the first AZA/BBG Issue Summit of the year will be Voice Your Vote, which will be November 5-7 in Cleveland, Ohio. Watch the promotional video below!

Next, we moved into separate business meetings where AZA reviewed a "Recommendation for a Strategic AZA Membership Committee" and BBG adopted a revised constitution. Both AZA and BBG also brainstormed AZA/BBG Shabbat themes, as well as prompts for the International Storytelling and Oratory contests.

After a delicious lunch, we moved directly into a program planned by our International Mazkirim, Nick Phillips and Michaela Brown. Inspired by the Twelve Tribes of Jacob, the exec body was split into twelve tribes where they learned about globalization through the lens of the culture of our movement, an interactive global network, and fundraising for the International Service Fund. The program concluded with an opportunity for co pairs to set goals for globalization involvement and fundraising.

Eager to continue our day of learning, we learned about BBYO's commitment to Israel through our Speak UP initiative. Once again the execs were able to learn about engaging chapters and members with Israel advocacy and education. Concluding our day of hard work, we staged a Twitter takeover where teens, both at execs and across the Order, tweeted at stakeholders and partners in the Israel community with the format; “ @_______, know that I pledge to…. #bbyo4israel.” In the span of just 30 minutes, we were able to spread the hash tag (#bbyo4israel) to over 112,000 members on Twitter!

As we welcome Shabbat, the atmosphere at execs is one of excitement and motivation- we can’t wait to see what the next two days have in store!

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