BBYO Off to Roaring Start
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Houston BBYO is gearing up with the start of the new school year. On Aug. 17, the teen organization hosted its 2014 Fall Kickoff White Out Party. The event was attended by more than 200 Houston-area teens, including many high school freshmen, who are set to join chapters.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, Houston chapters will participate in a popular tradition for new members, MIT/AIT Pick Up, where new members will find out and be welcomed into their new home chapters.
Each chapter’s vice president of membership, led by regional VPs of membership, Felix Schigel and myself, have planned fun programming for each of the incoming members.
More than 100 freshmen already have signed up to become part of the BBYO community. It is BBYO’s hope, according to leaders, that each of these teens will have a meaningful Jewish experience and will create long-lasting friendships within their chapters, as BBYO plays an important role throughout their high school years.
“I have made strong friendships that will last throughout my high school experience and all the way through college,” said Justin Moser, 17, a member of Isadore Shapiro AZA. “Being a part of BBYO has changed my life for the better and has really given me a passion to express my Jewish faith.”
BBYO, today, is a predominant part of teen life, with a long tradition in the Houston Jewish community. Just last year, nearly 800 teens across greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio participated in the youth movement as members of their respected chapters.
Houston, Austin and San Antonio make up the 14 chapters of the Lonestar Region, 10 of which are located in Houston. With five boys’ and five girls’ chapters, Houston teens have many choices in finding a chapter that is a great fit for them.
“BBYO strives to offer Jewish teens a safe and inclusive environment, where teens can socialize and develop leadership skills through experiential democracy,” said Gillian Richter Lindenberg, regional director of Lonestar BBYO.
For more information about BBYO, or to sign up, contact Lindenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-659-9871.