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.
In BBYO, the unspoken rules of high school do not apply. All are welcome, and everyone is made to feel important and included. In this environment, weekly meetings and events become outlets for teens who shy away from raising their hands in class or joining school clubs.
BBYO Wisconsin region alumna Elliana Sinykin reflects on The March of the Living, which takes thousands of Jewish teenagers and adults through the concentration camps in Poland, and then to celebrations for Israel's Independence in the streets of Jerusalem and tours around our homeland.
Mix one part teens from BBYO Connecticut Valley Region, and one part residents, staff, and family members of Tower One/Tower East senior living community. Add in fancy dress and corsages, and turn up the music. The result? The “Senior Prom,” hosted by The Towers on June 4, which brought together some 175 attendees from three generations.
From martial arts to school work to holding several different leadership positions in and outside of school, Avi Botwinick says he “wants to help people because that’s something I’ve always been passionate about.”