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BBYO Partners with Foundation for Jewish Camping to Provide Families with Incentives of at Least $1500 for Summer Camp

February 27, 2008

A recent partnership between BBYO and the Foundation for Jewish Camping seeks to provide meaningful Jewish experiences at a price tag parents can appreciate. Rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders who have never attended a Jewish overnight camp for more than three weeks could now be eligible to receive a JWest Campership incentive—of at least $1500 to attend a Jewish summer camp!

BBYO will be making this opportunity available to vast networks of teens, parents and alumni with the goal of linking up to 1,000 qualified teens from all Jewish backgrounds with this significant discount to participate in Jewish summer camps. Additionally, BBYO will seek to involve those participating campers in Teen Connection, its rapidly growing year-round program for Jewish 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

"This partnership provides the perfect opportunity for two organizations to fulfill their common commitment to providing high quality, affordable Jewish experiences for young Jews and their families," said Matthew Grossman, BBYO's Executive Director. "A year-round experience of camping and youth group can be a powerful, permanent point of connection for our shared audience. Our work together represents the kind of synergy to which our funders are looking and for which the Jewish community needs."

Committed to supporting the education of Jewish youth, the Jim Joseph Foundation of San Francisco—which is also funding BBYO's Professional Development Institute providing graduate degree opportunities to a cadre of BBYO employees—is now funding the JWest Campership Program in an effort to increase the number of pre-teen Jewish youth in the western U.S. enrolled in overnight Jewish summer camps. With 150 eligible camps for teens to attend, JWest is currently being rolled out in 13 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

"Studies on the impact of summer camps and youth group are clear," said Jerry Silverman, FJC President. "Children and teens who experience the 24/7 Jewish environment at camp and the year-round experience of youth group become adults who value their heritage, support Jewish causes and take on leadership roles in their communities. We are confident that BBYO's year-round Teen Connection programming coupled with an invaluable summer experience will leave a lasting and positive imprint on the Western U.S."

For more information, including an online application and eligibility criteria, please visit http://www.jewishcamping.org/JWest, or contact BBYO's JWest Project Manager Stefanie Szlamkowicz at sszlamkowicz@bbyo.org or 702.366.6591.

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