The BBYO and school year are ending and the South Jersey Region (SJR BBYO) has had a tremendous year. It has been a year of changes and growth for the members and families of SJR BBYO, and everyone is excited to be heading into SJR’s 55th year this fall.
As a sixth-grader, Justin was on the bus to Parkway West Middle School when, out of nowhere, someone slapped him because he was Jewish. It was part of an unofficial school spirit week that started with “Hug a Friend Day,” moved to “High Five Day,” then “Hit a Tall Person Day” and, finally, on a Monday in October 2008, to “Hit a Jew Day.”
At 15 years old, most American teenagers are learning calculus, reading Shakespeare and tweeting about the most recent pop-culture trend. Their education is rooted within the walls of their high school and enhanced by their daily experiences such as spending time with their friends, playing lacrosse with their teammates or challenging their minds in clubs like USY and BBYO. For a majority of teens, their experiences are limited to their everyday surroundings.
As summer begins to wrap up, BBYO North Florida Region is gearing up for its best year yet! Several teens from this region and the Central Florida community have recently returned from life changing experiences at BBYO Summer Programs.
South Jersey Region BBYO closed out the month of September with its first BBYO night of the year. After a successful regional kickoff at Sahara Sam’s and multiple chapter kickoffs, members of South Jersey Region came together to continue the great beginning of the year.