Hundreds of Teen Leaders Gather in LA for 2011 International Convention
February 2, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif. will host more than 750 Jewish teen leaders from more than 11 countries on February 17 – 21 for BBYO’s 85th Annual International Convention (IC). For the past eight decades, this convention serves to unite the rising leaders of AZA and BBG to set the course for the coming year, determine strategies for strengthening BBYO as a youth-led movement and connect teens to the worldwide Jewish community.
With a convention theme entitled, “Our Movement, Our Moment,” participants will set their focus on making an immediate difference in the world as representatives of a movement of nearly 30,000 teens. The weekend will be headlined by the Day of Service and Advocacy, in which teen participants will disperse throughout Los Angeles to twelve service learning sites including: the Miracle Project, which allows youth with disabilities to participate in theater; Alta Gracia, an apparel company that supports its workers with pathways out of poverty; Tree People, which encourages a sustainable future for Los Angeles; and the Jewish Home for the Aging, where teens will work directly with Jewish residents.
The Day of Service and Advocacy will include an “Advocacy Boot Camp” developed with Jewish World Watch consisting of Jewish service- learning and skill-building sessions on creating social change through community organizing, coalition building, philanthropy, and community service.
In addition to the Day of Service and Advocacy, IC 2011 highlights include:
- A Day of Learning on Shabbat, with 25+ learning sessions throughout the day and multiple services to choose from allowing the teen participants to customize their own Jewish experience.
- An exciting global representation of Jewish youth with teens attending from as far as Argentina, Serbia, Ireland, England, Bulgaria, and Israel.
- An evening focused on BBYO’s new “StandUP for Each Other” campaign to end bullying and promote inclusion and respect for all teens.
- The presentation of BBYO’s Alumni of the Year Awards to Steven Windmueller of Los Angeles and Abigail Michelson Porth of San Francisco and the BBYO Advisor of the Year Award to Dan Appleman of San Francisco.
- The election of the top ten teens who will serve at the helm of the 2011-2012 AZA & BBG International Boards.