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.
After a summer apart, the 12 chapters of SJR have respectively kicked off their 2015-2016 year. There was much excitement; it is rough every year to switch from seeing your friends and chapter members every weekend to not seeing them for three months. With everyone scattered at sleepaway camps, BBYO summer programs, or busy with summer jobs, chapter kickoffs couldn’t come soon enough.
Youth and teenagers representing local Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Unitarian Universalist congregations participated on August 22 in the building of a wheelchair ramp on Walnut Street in Binghamton, the home of a wheelchair-bound person in need of a ramp.
More than 250 teens came together at the Sheraton Hotel in Windsor Locks August 18-23 for “B’yachad RLTI” – the convention of the Connecticut Valley Region BBYO’s Regional Leadership Training Institute. The Connecticut Valley Region (CVR) was joined by four other regions — Manhattan, Westchester, Big Apple, and New England – who shared resources and together learned successful leadership techniques.