Michigan Region BBYO

February 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:

Babysitting Boot Camp

YLC Registration Open Now!

Recruitment Tips

International Convention Live Blog

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Passport Programs Scholarship Raffle

Summer Staffing Opportunities


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BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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Babysitting Boot Camp!

BBYO's Teen Connection and The American Red Cross are proud to bring you The Babysitting Boot Camp!  

This Boot Camp is open to any Jewish teen, 11-15 years old.  Join us on February 23rd from 10-4:30 at the WB JCC to become a certified babysitter with all the information you'll need to be the best babysitter in your neighborhood.  This complete class features everything from diapering and feeding to creating a resume and finding jobs.  The cost is only $60 and covers everything you'll need (please bring a bag lunch).  Additional sessions will be added at a later date.  

You must RSVP in advance by calling Jared Rothberger, BBYO Program Director, at 248.432.5685.  We only have a limited number of spaces for the first session so sign up today!

Young Leadership Conclave - Register TODAY!

Lawrence Hyman Young Leadership Conclave (YLC) is our new member leadership training weekend.  Spend time learning all about BBYO and leadership while having an amazing experience with new friends.  

Don't miss out on one of the best programs Michigan Region has to offer!  YLC is a perfect program for any first- or second-year BBYOer who wants to get more involved in Michigan Region BBYO.  

There are two dates for YLC (March 11-13 and 18-20) to accommodate the overwhelming interest in this program so sign up today.  The cost is only $100 so go to www.blinked.org to register while there is still space available!  For any questions, or for scholarship inforation, please contact Jared Rothberger at (248) 432-5685.

Recruitment Tips

As we begin to recruit new 8th grade teens in to AZA and BBG chapters, here are a few helpful tips when it comes to membership:

  1. Find common ground: When talking to a prospective member, the first step is to create a comfortable atmosphere.  Whether you’re on the phone or meeting in person at an event, taking the time to find a common interest will pay off when you want them to join.  Ask the prospect questions about where they go to school, what music they like or if they saw the new Harry Potter movie to break the ice.
  2. Offer a ride:  By simply offering to pick up an 8th grader for an event you are ensuring that they will actually show up.  Younger prospective members love the idea of a person in high school driving them to and from an event.
  3. Avoid BBYO's Alphabet Soup: The BBYO alphabet is hard enough for an experienced member to understand so be sure to use words that they will understand.  Avoid FC, IC, RC and ETC because these acronyms don’t mean anything to them and will just cause a headache and confusion.
  4. If you don’t know, ask:  your regional leaders, chapter presidents and regional staff (Lindsey, Jared and Eric) want to help you and have a wealth of BBYO knowledge.  Call any of these people with any membership related questions.  Even if they don’t know the answer, they will know where to find it.


Follow the International Convention Live Blog!







Los Angeles, Calif. will host more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from more than 11 countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 85th Annual International Convention (IC). For the past eight decades, IC serves 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.

Don't miss any of the action! BBYO's International Convention's Live Blog will have all of the latest photos, videos and happenings throughout the weekend. Visit the blog at www.bbyoicblog.org and follow IC on Twitter at #bbyoic2011!

Make Your Summer Fun, Meaningful, AND Affordable

  • Get your GROUP ON this summer! BBYO’s Passport to the World is now offering TWO great reasons to travel this summer:

    1)    Get at least 50 percent of your AZA or BBG chapter to sign up for any Summer 2011 BBYO Passport trip, and everyone in your chapter gets 10 percent off all program costs.

    2)    Want to plan a private trip? Get a group of at least 30 friends together, and BBYO Passport will run a private session of any posted Summer 2011 trip on the dates of YOUR choice.

    Two Great Ways to Get Your GROUP ON. One Unforgettable Summer.

    Click here to learn more.

  • New Summer Scholarship Plan! For Summer 2011, BBYO is introducing a new scholarship initiative. We understand that financial need is significant in many communities, and we are allocating more scholarship subsidy this year than at any point in BBYO's history.  BBYO is committed to affordability.

    Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the BBYO regional offices so that funds are disbursed with a greater knowledge of individual teens’ needs.   All BBYO domestic summer experiences (CLTC, ILTC, Kallah and Summer of IMPACT), as well as ILSI in Israel, are eligible for scholarship subsidy. 

    The deadline is April 1st, but may vary region-to-region.  All scholarship awards are announced no later than May 1st. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and should be submitted directly to your teen’s regional office.  For a listing of regions, click here.  Please contact your local BBYO professional to learn more about scholarship deadlines and the review process.  We also urge parents and teens to connect with local Federations, BJEs, synagogues and other community agencies for additional scholarship support.  Regional staff can provide template letters to send to these agencies to request summer program funding.

    Remember that early-bird pricing for CLTC, ILTC and Kallah expires on February 27th.  All registrations on or before February 27th will be discounted by $100. 

    Looking forward to an amazing summer in 2011!

BBYO is announcing a fantastic new Summer Raffle
Winners Announced at IC!

The Raffle is open to ANY and ALL teens who have registered for ANY Domestic and Passport Summer Experience.  With more than 20 available programs the options are endless for a fun and meaningful summer.  And this is one more way to make it more affordable!

The winners will be announced LIVE at IC on Facebook and Twitter; teens do not have to be at IC to win, they just have to have signed up for a Summer Experience by 2/17/2011.

Raffle Schedule:
Thursday Dinner: 4 Scholarships of $250

Saturday Dinner: 2 Scholarships of $500

Sunday Dinner: 1 Scholarship of $1000

***In an additional offer if 990 teens register for any domestic or Passport program (not MOTL) by 2/27/2011 (the end of the Early Bird Discount) BBYO will be giving away a brand-new iPad to one lucky teen!***



BBYO is Looking for Summer Staff

BBYO Summer programs serve as the basis for many teens’ most significant memories. You can be a part of helping those memories happen. With openings for Jewish educators, song leaders, and madrichim (counselors), there are many opportunities to enhance dozens of teens' summer experiences.

Click here to see available positions and get the Staff Application!