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112 Teenagers Gain BBYO Leadership Skills

Read this story in the Cleveland Jewish News

A total of 112 teens from Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Toledo and Youngstown attended BBYO’s second leadership training conference, Nov. 8 to 10 at Camp Wise. The BBYO student officers engaged in interactive skill building workshops on topics that included communication and marketing, programming, relationship building and philanthropy.

In 2012, Cedar Brook Financial Partners granted $50,000 over five years to fund local leadership development through BBYO, Ohio Northern Region. Howard Slater, a founding principal of Cedar Brook who spearheaded the initiative, and 25 other community leaders served as presenters and coaches throughout the conference.

“This year’s conference exceeded all of our expectations,” said Todd Kay, regional director of BBYO, Ohio Northern Region. “In just a few short days, the passionate volunteer professionals who led the sessions successfully taught our teens life skills that they can apply to our organization as well as any other groups and businesses they’re part of.”

Zach Sable, BBYO student regional president, agreed. “I appreciate having the opportunity to spend the weekend with my BBYO friends and at the same time, learn leadership skills that we can apply not only to BBYO, but to jobs and life. Big ideas are shared, creative planning is developed and growth strategies are applied when we come together to grow our movement.”

BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish teen organization dedicated to providing youth with creative learning opportunities to enhance their leadership skills.

In a recent effort, BBYO engaged nearly 7,000 teens in 32 communities across North America at pre-screenings of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to raise awareness about hunger. The teens organized food drives, collecting more than 17,000 pounds of food for those in need in their communities.

WINTER CAMP: Registration is open for Friendship Circle Winter Camp, which takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 through Friday, Jan. 3. Friendship Circle, which provides programs for children and teens with special needs and their families, is at 27900 Gates Mills Blvd. in Pepper Pike. Call (216) 377- 3000 or email

SCHECHTER PROGRAMS: Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike hosts a weekly program with PJ Library called Monday Fun Day. The free, open program is held at Schechter from 10 to 11 Monday mornings for children from birth to age 5 and their parents or caregivers. Kathy Fromson presents a program that includes singing, dancing, stories, and more. The December theme is winter.

Schechter also offers a new parent-child yoga program with Candy Koslen the first Monday of each month.

YOUTH ADVISORY COMMISSION: The city of Cleveland Heights has appointed a youth advisory commission for the 2013-14 school year to advise city council on youth activities, programming and issues. Adult advisers include Councilman Jason Stein and representatives from the recreation board, police department and Cleveland Heights High School.

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