Thomas S. Wootton High School, BBYO, Rock the Vote, Youth Service America, Interfaith Works! and a growing coalition of local and national municipal, political and service-oriented agencies will organize and sponsor a series of student-created and teen-led events entitled ‘TUNED IN: Be the Voice that Rocks the World,’ from April 16th – 28th. The project’s goal is to motivate thousands of teenagers to take an active role in election year opportunities, serve their community and develop civic responsibility.
Committed to respect and inclusion of all, BBYO is proud to sponsor screenings of “BULLY,” a feature-length documentary that depicts “a year in the life” of North America’s bullying crisis. BBYO is the exclusive partner in bringing the "BULLY" movie to Jewish teen audiences, and has partnered with Keshet, NFTY and Repair the World along with more than a dozen organizations across the country to ensure the screenings reach the largest number of Jewish teens possible.
The spring of 2002 marked the start of a defining decade for BBYO as it became independent of its parent organization of almost 80 years, B’nai B’rith International. We’ve been proud over the past decade to lead a thriving independent organization that today reaches over 35,000 teens annually throughout the world. To celebrate this ten year anniversary, teens, parents, advisors and alumni can own a part of BBYO’s history by submitting pictures, quotes, messages and names into a digital Time Capsule marking the years 2002 to 2012, BBYO’s first decade as an independent organization. This Time Capsule will serve as the inaugural volume of BBYO’s official online archive that will be compiled by members and friends in the years to come.
Upon the launch of a new strategic plan for BBYO, Inc., the largest pluralistic Jewish teen movement, the Jim Joseph Foundation of San Francisco announced that it will grant $1.9 million over three years to fund three new Jewish enrichment positions for the organization that currently reaches more than 31,000 teens annually. This partnership will enable BBYO to deepen the Jewish experiential learning offered to its teen-led community and prepare Jewish teens for a lifetime of Jewish involvement.
According to Slingshot, Panim was selected for this list because “after last year’s merger (2009) with the powerful BBYO, the BBYO Panim Institute is in a unique position to engage a generation of Jewish teens with community service opportunities focused on social change and rooted in Jewish values.”
After a year of extensive research with teens, parents, alumni, and supporters, BBYO will debut a new brand identity on September 20 as part of a recently launched five-year strategic plan. The new brand captures the diverse, pluralistic spirit of the BBYO movement while capturing the wide range of compelling experiences that the organization offers the Jewish teen audience. It also provides definition around core communities and offerings including BBYO FAN (BBYO’s friends and alumni network), the BBYO Panim Institute (service and advocacy) and BBYO Passport (travel). A new offering, BBYO Connect offers Bar/Bat Mitzvah age teens a fun, experiential gateway into a teen-focused Jewish community. At BBYO’s core remains AZA and BBG, the 88 year-old chapter leadership experiences that exist in more than 100 communities throughout the world, touching the lives of 250,000 alumni.
During their high school years, most teenagers wrestle with what seems like endless questions, and very few answers. Questions that, as I now look back, allowed me to explore and connect with my heritage and culture, and to develop my Jewish identity.