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A Message from Zach Samuelson, KIO Godol
Every year, KIO has five different conventions and the most recent one, Kallah, was this past weekend and was organized by Aaron Welcher and Gabby Kahn. They did an amazing job planning programs and events to help everyone discover their Jewish identities and their own identities! Nearly 150 teens had a wonderful time socializing with friends from all over the region while discovering their true selves!
I hope everyone had a great time and congratulations to Aaron and Gabby for putting together an impactful weekend!
A Message from Matt Steinberg, KIO Interim Regional Director
“ And the seasons they go round and round…”
Life is cyclical. This past weekend nearly 150 teens from across KIO took part in the annual Kallah Convention, coordinated by Gabby Kahn from Columbus and Aaron Welcher from Indianapolis. The theme of the convention, To Save a Life is to Save the World, centered on questioning and discovery and prompted participants to consider the impact they have on the individuals they touch, the larger community, and on the world as a whole. The programs were fantastic, and I can’t think of a more meaningful way to send off our seniors, for whom this was the last regional convention of their BBYO careers. They have contributed so much and impacted so many and we will miss them…
…But, life is cyclical. The world keeps turning, and new beginnings are just around the corner. Winter is coming to an end and spring has sprung, and while some members will be moving on, new members are joining BBYO every day! As the only region in the entire BBYO Order to already reach 100% of its membership goals for 2012-2013, KIO has been welcoming lots of 8th and 9th graders to BBYO. Not only is it really exciting to see all these new faces, it’s great for our departing seniors to know that are so many others to carry on where they left off. And though it’s bitter sweet to have to say goodbye to so many, the legacy they leave behind will live on in the hearts and minds of so many others who will follow in their footsteps and make their own special mark on the individuals they touch, the larger community and the world as a whole!
Many thanks again to Gabby, Aaron and their entire committee for such an inspiring and meaningful experience. Click on the photo below to see a few first photos from Kallah. Stay tuned for nearly 300 more pics coming soon:
All the best,
Get Quackin’ -- It’s time for the first KIO convention of the rest of your lives…
Older members will tell you that there’s nothing quite like your first BBYO convention to help you get acclimated to the best Jewish youth group on the planet! AIT/MIT (AIT stands for “Aleph in Training” for the AZA guys and MIT stands for “Member in Training” for the BBG girls) is where you will meet some of the people who are bound to become your lifelong friends… it’s where you will begin a four-year journey that will impact you for a lifetime… and it’s where fun and meaningful experiences meet to make your life complete!
So don’t miss this chance to live it up with new members from around the region this April 19 - 21. This is the perfect first Regional Convention for 8th and 9th graders, and members who have been to two or less Regional Conventions because the whole convention is about teaching BBYO traditions, officially inducting new members into the KIO region, and giving them a chance to get to know lots of new people while having a blast!
Early Bird Registration will last just one week: from Sunday, March 17 - Monday, March 25 (at midnight)! Sign up ASAP to get a huge $50 discount off of the typical $195 convention price! Regular Registration ends Sunday, April 7 at midnight, or until spots fill up. Space is limited so hurry and RSVP now! Mom and Dad, click here to see a parents Frequently Asked Question guide to the AIT/MIT Convention.
Check out this Video from the Recent International Convention
Click on the image below to see highlights from this year's International Convention.
Parents of KIO Teens
Pay it Forward…
As a parent who has seen the positive impact BBYO has had on your teen’s life please consider spreading the word to other parents you know who have Jewish teens in 8th and 9th grade. Word of mouth is the #1 way people learn about BBYO. Pay it forward and help other families like yours benefit from all the great things the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth movement has to offer!
Face it... teens don't tell all!
Tired of always trying to squeeze information out of your teen about events, dates, deadlines and other important information? At the regional office, we are well aware of how tough it can be so we’ve created the Parents of Teens in BBYO KIO Facebook group where you can communicate with other parents and find important documents, dates and other information. Click here to join now.
What's Up KIO?
Mishpocha AZA and Ner Tamid BBG held their annual new member information meetings, where AITs (Alephs in Training for the guys) and MITs (Members in training for the girls) got to learn all about BBYO, including some of the traditions, conventions, events, etc. Sam Myers and Ali Richter did an excellent job collaborating in planning and running this meeting, along with the rest of the chapter boards. We have lots of potential new members!
Click here to read more...
Recently, Heart of Ohio met with an Orthodox Rabbi, and had a very interesting discussion about the different facets of Judaism. They also had a staggering 28 Alephs at their meeting!
Pops met with a highway patrol officer, learned about the ins and outs of driver safety, and the life of a patrolman. Pops also held “A Poppin’ Purim” for the whole city where they baked Hamentashen, held Havdallah, and swam the night away. Click here to read more...
Dayton’s Ben Africk recently attended International Convention in Washington, DC. Read an excerpt from his blog below:
Opening ceremonies were CRAZY! As you might know, there are about 1500 teens here this weekend, which made for a LOT of noise. Regardless, it was amazing! We had an acapella group from GWU, the US Marine band, and a professional dance crew perform for us. We also had several speakers, including the assistant to the president of the USA and former GAG Michael Froman, several BBYO officials, AND...THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF (in the form of a video from the White House)! Nothing quite gets you going like seeing the President affirming the greatness of our order…
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Indy would like to congratulate the following teens for earning awards at International Convention:
Mara Michel - Gold Star of Deborah
Helen Weinberg - Silver Star of Deborah
Noah Glazier – Bronze Shield of David Award &Tree of Life Recruitment Award
Ryan Rubenstein – Tree of Life Recruitment Award
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Jay Levine is off to a great term. On February 24th, they participated in a city-wide recruitment event at Skyzone. They had an amazing MIT Meeting on Sunday, March 3 with a ton of great MITs in attendance.
Drew Corson just had an amazing AIT Sleepover with tons of new AITs which included a brotherhood program, Havdallah, breakfast at wafflehouse and participation in a citywide recruitment event at Skyzone. They are so excited to welcome new AITs into their chapter!
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March is Advisor Appreciation Month
Advisors are dedicated volunteers who commit hours of their time each week to BBYO. In order to say "thank you," BBYO parents across North America are joining the Advisor Appreciation Campaign. To honor your advisors,click here.
- Passover is March 25- April 2, 2013
- AIT/MIT is April 19- April 21, 2013
For more upcoming events please click here.
Make an IMPACT this Summer
Summer is just around the corner and BBYO is gearing up for the best summer yet! While ILTC is full, there are still spots available in all of the other programs. Make it a Summer of IMPACT and build your leadership skills, learn community service and advocacy best practices and how to improve your local BBYO Stand UP campaign and, most of all, have fun with BBYO at IMPACT: Boston, IMPACT: Chicago, IMPACT: DC, IMPACT: Pittsburgh or IMPACT: Milwaukee!
For a taste of a BBYO Summer Experience, join friends at a mini-Summer of IMPACT program. IMPACT: Pittsburgh is a three-day experience focused on service, advocacy and Jewish values that will prepare you to be a BBYO Stand UP leader in your chapter, council or region.
No prior Summer Experience registration is necessary! This is a great opportunity to fit a BBYO Summer Experience, and some great community service, into a busy summer!
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