The great thing about BBYO is that it creates opportunities for young teens to develop leadership and life skills before many others get that chance. At South Jersey Region BBYO’s IT March 20-12, 2015 at the Jewish Federation Annex — our overnight event for new members — 8th, 9th and newer 10th grade teens developed a set of leadership skills they will hold for the rest of their life.
Approximately 300 teens within metro Atlanta, along with 11,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects as they take part in J-Serve.
Colin Silverman, 18, was recently elected Grand Aleph Godol (the highest male position) of BBYO, a 90-year-old Jewish youth movement engaging teens in leadership opportunities and other Jewish experiences.
A fourth generation BBYO member from Memphis, who is the current president of Rose Belz Kriger BBG, has taken her love for the youth organization one step farther - joining BBYO's International Teen Board as new International Sh'licha (vice president of Jewish Heritage) for the 2015-16 programming year.
BBYO Community Engagement Fellow Ryan Ladd witnessed the Student Government Legislative Assembly at The University of Texas at Austin reject a bill calling for the university to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, as a part of the global BDS movement.
“Thank you for changing my life.” That’s what my new Ukrainian friend, Juli Kovaliova, said to me during our last embrace. In a moment filled with the purest sense of emotion, I did not know how to respond. All I could think to say was, “No, thank you. Thank you for changing my life.”