February 2011/adar 5771 Edition

In This Issue:


Canned Food Drive

AIT-MIT Applications

Indianapolis Update

Louisville Update

Summer Program Raffle

International Convention Live Blog

NEW! Summer Scholarship Offers

Summer Staffing Opportunities


Quick Links:

BBYO is Hiring!

BBYO/Kaplan Test Prep Partnership Page

Keeping PACE Blog

NEW! BBYO Summer Experiences Videos


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Kallah Registration Deadline Approaching!

Don't miss out on our next regional convention, "Kallah: Im Tirtsu, If You Will it, it is No Dream".  It will take place March 4-6th at Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton, OH. The cost of the convention is $195, and the deadline to register is next Friday, February 18th.  Click here to register!


Region-Wide Canned Food Drive

For the second consecutive year, KIO cities are participating in the "Souper Bowl" canned food drive.  From now until Kallah, bring canned food to meetings and programs, and the city who collects the most canned goods by Kallah will receive an ice cream social at the convention!  Teens from each city will decide which local food bank the canned goods will be donated to.




AIT-MIT Coordinator and Steering Applications Out!

Are you interested in planning the first regional experience for a new class of AITs and MITs?  Then apply to coordinate, be on the steering committee, or be the administrative assistant for KIO's AIT-MIT 2011!  The convention will take place April 29 - May 1st at Camp Livingston.  Applications are due by February 28th.  Please contact Justin Sadle (, Erica Abrams (, or Sammy Katz ( for an application or for more information!



Indianapolis BBYO Update!

Indianapolis BBYO will be participating in the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis’ annual Super Sunday telethon event. This is the federation’s largest fundraiser of the year and we look forward to being a part of it. Indianapolis AZA and BBG members will help make phone calls thanking donors for their past contributions and helping to secure further funding. They will also be helping in the babysitting room by leading song sessions and arts and crafts.

Indianapolis AZA also held its first recruitment event this weekend by treating potential new members to a night of bowling followed by bonding and brotherhood with a sleepover event at the house of Regional Godol Sammy Katz.

Our Indianapolis BBG girls will be continuing their spirit of service by visit our on-campus assisted living facility, Hooverwood, and spending time with the residents. They will be sharing helping with chores, doing crafts, and bringing a much needed smile and warm heart to its residents.

Louisville BBYO Update!

Louisville BBYO has had an exciting two weeks of new member recruitment!  Over 25 8th graders have attended our bowling event and AIT & MIT meetings and we had 20 parents attend our parent informational meeting.

Our next big day is Sunday, March 13th, where BBYO will be participating in the Jewish Community of Louisville's annual Super Sunday telethon.  Also that day, we will be holding our annual Selection Sunday party.



Summer Program Raffle

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!***

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 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 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!