From the Regional Staff
Shalom and welcome to the October edition of our monthly eNews. Each month our eNews will give teens and parents an overview of upcoming programs and registration deadlines along with highlights of what's going on throughout BBYO in Toronto and around the world.
This is an exciting time for BBYO - Our office has moved to the Prosserman JCC on UJA Federation's Sherman Campus, involvement in our programs is up 20% and our teen leadership has never been stronger.
Prior to kicking off our year, 25 of our top teen leaders from across the city came together for Regional Execs - a day for all chapter and regional executive members to learn together and plan for the year ahead. This was followed by Regional Leadership Training Convention and New Members Convention where 50 members both new and old gathered at Mansfield Outdoor Centre to explore the rich history and traditions of AZA and BBG and learn important elements of leadership. That momentum continued for Chailight Me, a highlighter dance party held last weekend that attracted close to a hundred teens.
Chapters continue to meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm, in Toronto at the Prosserman JCC (Room 1-23) and in Vaughan at Dufferin Clark Community Centre (Room 5).
Several regional programs are also in the works:
- Up All Night (Nov. 12) - Stay up all night in support of BBYO's StandUp campaign which promotes teens getting involved in causes important to them. Save the date - Details coming soon.
- Winter Regional Convention (Dec. 9-11) - Get ready for an exciting weekend of chapter competitions in everything from athletics and ruach to music and dance. WRC will be taking place at the Four Points Mississauga Meadowvale hotel. Registration opens very soon!
For a full list of upcoming regional events for the 2011-2012 program year, click here.
If you have any questions about anything in this eNews or would just like to chat, please be in touch! We can most easily be reached at 416.398.2004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Goodman, Executive Director
Jessie Greenspan, Program Associate
Join 800 Teens from 12 Countries at International Convention
February 16 - 20, 2012 in Atlanta, GA.
Each year, hundreds of AZA & BBG leaders, alumni, advisors, professional staff and top Jewish philanthropists from around the world convene in February at the largest annual gathering of Jewish teens working to strengthen the Jewish future at AZA and BBG International Convention!
At IC, Alephs and BBGs have the unique opportunity to experience global BBYO by taking part in amazing programming, participating in large-scale service learning opportunities and celebrating an inspiring Shabbat like most have never seen before. In addition to showcasing spirit and community pride, IC participants take part in the democratic process of furthering the organization’s business agenda and electing AZA & BBG’s next international teen leadership. Opportunities to experience IC’s host city, engage with the local community, reunite with old friends, and build lifelong global friendships are constants of every IC – and are sure to be major highlights of IC 2012!
International Convention is already 75% full... Don't miss out! Click here for details.
Registration Opens Nov. 1st for BBYO Summer Experiences!
Information night planned for Mon. Nov. 7th
You are cordially invited to attend BBYO's Summer Experiences Information Night for Parents & Teens - Monday November 7, 2011 at 7:15pm at the home of Jeremy & Judith Freedman (413 Lytton Blvd., Toronto). Please RSVP to email@example.com or 416.398.2004.
Last year, more than 1,500 teens took part in BBYO Summer Experiences. They developed their leadership skills, served new communities, made friendships that will last for years to come and traveled the world. What program will you attend this summer? With dozens of program options, mix and match your summer to create your own adventure.
Register early to SAVE! BBYO is offering a $150 discount to the first 20 teens to sign up for each session of CLTC, ILTC, Kallah, ILTC+Kallah, and all Summer of Impact programs.
Additional Summer Experience scholarships are available through our Regional Office and are based on a combination of need and merit.
BBYO Connect for Grades 6-8 Bigger Than Ever!
BBYO Connect is the BBYO experience made just for students in grades 6 to 8. At this crucial age, our programs bridge the gap between Bar/Bat Mitzvah and high school. We offer fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that will serve as a gateway to continued involvement in Jewish life.
With close to 50 kids at each event, BBYO Connect provides a positive experience where middle schoolers can get together with camp, school and synagogue friends as well as meet new friends from across the city.
If you know any students in grades 6-8 who may be interested in our programs, please send their contact information to Jessie Greenspan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to browse the full 2011-2012 program calendar for grades 6-8.
Jesse to Talk about Genocide Summit Experience
On Friday, November 4th, 2011, Jesse Freedman, co-chair of the BBYO Panim Human Rights and Genocide Summit held last spring, will be sharing his experience and exposure to such groups as Jewish World Watch, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, Free the Slaves and many others. The summit made teens aware of human rights abuses and genocides and empowered them to lobby members of the U.S. Congress (and visit the Canadian Consulate) to take action to prevent future occurrences.
Please join us to learn about this inspirational program and how any Jewish teen can make a difference.
Friday, November 4th, at 8 PM Erev Shabbat Service at Temple EmanuEl, 120 Old Colony Road (just south of the 401, east of Bayview). Dessert reception to follow.
Contact Jessie Freedman for further information.
BBYO Has a Fresh Look!
BBYO has revitalized and reenergized its brand to reach a new generation of teens with more fun, meaningful and affordable Jewish experiences.
After a year of extensive research with teens, parents, alumni, and supporters, BBYO debuted a new brand last month as part of a recently launched five-year strategic plan. The new brand captures the diverse, pluralistic spirit of the BBYO movement while capturing the wide range of compelling experiences that the organization offers the Jewish teen audience.
It also provides definition around core communities and offerings including BBYO FAN (BBYO’s friends and alumni network), the BBYO Panim Institute (service and advocacy) and BBYO Passport (travel). A new offering, BBYO Connect offers Bar/Bat Mitzvah age teens a fun, experiential gateway into a teen-focused Jewish community. At BBYO’s core remains AZA and BBG, the 88 year-old chapter leadership experiences that exist in more than 100 communities throughout the world, touching the lives of 250,000 alumni.
Click here to visit Brand Central: Your source for new brand FAQs and resources.
JTA: "Estee Portnoy Wants BBYO to be Like Mike" (September 23, 2011) focuses on BBYO's Board Chair, Estee Portnoy, and how she used her experience as Michael Jordan's business manager to help roll out BBYO's new brand.
Brand New: A distinguished corporate identity and branding blog reviews BBYO's new brand in "BBYO Lights Up" (October 4, 2011) saying that "the new logo is a great evolution, especially the icon with its asymmetric (yet symmetric) approach that gives the otherwise static object some dynamism." Check out the review and leave your thoughts!
AZA and BBG Shabbat
We are excited to offer new and exciting resources to help teens plan AZA and BBG Shabbat! Please visit bbyo.org/shabbat2011 for the most up-to-date news on this international event. Don't forget to use #azabbgshabbat2011 as the Twitter hashtag!
March of the Living with BBYO
Be a part of the largest global delegation of Jewish teens for the 25th anniversary of the March of the Living, a two-week, life-altering journey where teens bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland followed by a celebration of the State of Israel in the Jewish Homeland.
April 16-30 in Poland and Israel.
Click for details.