International President of BBYO Visits Chicagoland Jewish Community
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Michaela Brown, the international president of BBYO, visited Chicagoland community from November 4-7. Read the press release to see what Brown was up to and for more information:
Michaela Brown, the International President (N’siah) of BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, visited the Chicagoland Jewish community on Nov. 4-7. Brown, of Sterling, VA, was elected by 700 of BBYO’s top teen leaders to serve at the helm of the organization, representing the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), BBYO’s renowned leadership program and high school sorority, travel around the world and motivate Jewish teens to grow their local BBYO programs, strengthen their Jewish communities and make a difference in the world. Brown takes the reins at a monumental time for the organization – BBYO has grown immensely to reach a network of nearly 40,000 teens annually over the last five years, and is celebrating its 89th year in existence.
“I am very excited to visit the Chicago Jewish community,” said Brown. “There is significant potential to increase Jewish teen involvement in Great Midwest Region and it has such a rich BBYO history; I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with local BBYO teens and professionals to develop a plan for growth and greater program excellence.”
During Brown’s visit, she will be visiting local chapter meetings, as well as meeting with local BBYO teen leaders and professionals. The Great Midwest Region is at a pivotal place to grow, so the region invited Brown to inspire teens, as well as promote current initiatives from BBYO internationally, such as the launch of their summer experience registration.
Over the course of her year-long term, Brown, who deferred her first year of college to serve as BBYO’s top ambassador, will travel to more than 50 U.S. cities and at least six countries. Key to Brown’s agenda is the promotion of BBYO’s international initiatives, including leading campaigns to increase AZA and BBG membership, supporting teen-led efforts to help those in need locally and globally through the BBYO Stand UP campaign and promoting BBYO’s broad menu of summer travel and premiere service learning opportunities.
Brown’s responsibilities also include serving as a resource for chapter and regional BBYO leaders to strengthen local programming and serving as a voting member of BBYO’s Board of Directors.
“Michaela is a dynamic leader with a real passion for the Jewish community, which makes her an excellent role model for Jewish teens here in Chicago, as well as Jewish teens around the world,” said BBYO’s Program Director of the Great Midwest Region, Marty Shankle. “We are thrilled that she will be spending several days in our community working to help BBYO Great Midwest Region reach its full potential.”
In the capacity of president, Brown is joined by male counterpart, Mika Stein of Dallas, TX, who oversees BBYO’s young men’s division, Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA); together, Brown and Stein work with eight other elected BBYO leaders from all over North America to help move the organization forward.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.
For more information on BBYO, please visit www.bbyo.org.