PANIM Institute of BBYO Introduces New Leadership Program from Middle School Teens
May 17, 2011
On Monday, May 16, 2011, the PANIM Institute of BBYO hosted a Taste of Activism, a special community-wide event for middle school teens and their families.
The Taste of Activism program focuses on strengthening teen leadership in the areas of service and advocacy work, by providing middle school-aged teens, in the Bar and Bat Mitzvah stage of Jewish life, with relatable models of successful teens and young adults. At Monday’s Taste of Activism, PANIM welcomes Jackie Rotman, a 19 year-old junior at Stanford University, the founder of Everybody Dance Now!.
Ms. Rotman, an alumna of the Panim el Panim program offered by the PANIM Institute of BBYO, will tell how she took her passion for dance and community service and used it to respond to a local community challenge.
Ms. Rotman founded Everybody Dance Now!, (EDN!), a youth-run organization that aims to transform the lives of youth through dance, leadership, and community. Jackie has raised $100,000 through grants and private donors to EDN!'s national expansion. As National Director, Jackie supports EDN!’s local efforts in the 8 chapter cities and leads the vision and future direction of the organization.
Monday’s Taste of Activism is part of a weekend long PANIM Horizons program. PANIM Horizons, a new program offered by PANIM, is an educational touring experience in Washington, DC designed especially for middle school-age teens. Participants experience the nation’s capital with an emphasis on Jewish history, activism and tikkun olam, repair the world. Teens explore how national values intersect with Jewish values; learn how Jewish leaders have positively impacted the course of American history; and see the political process in action while learning how policy debates in Washington impact their home community and the world as a whole.