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.
At the 2011 AZA and BBG August Executives Conference, a motion was passed by the BBYO International Executives Body to support Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) regarding their recent collaborative bipartisan legislative bill, `Holocaust Survivors Assistance Act of 2011', to support aid for Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
On Sunday, June 26, 61 teens from across the United States, Canada and Bulgaria will come together in Washington, DC, for a unique summit called "Human Rights and Genocide Summit " (HRGS) focused on exploring the Jewish values related to standing up for groups in need. The HRGS, sponsored by the PANIM Institute of BBYO, asks participants to answer the following questions: What is Genocide? Where are Human Rights being challenged? What's the Jewish response to genocide?
BBYO's recently released Impact Study takes a look at the impact of participation in the short, medium and long term. Overall, BBYO is having a remarkably positive impact. The BBYO experience results in young adults who are more inclined to have Jewish friends, believe that being Jewish plays an important role in their lives, hold leadership roles in their community and are committed to having Jewish families.
Each year BBYO strives to offer tens of thousands of Jewish teens character building and leadership development experiences that will enrich lives, create meaningful friendships, and instill the confidence one needs to succeed in life. Central to creating these experiences are hundreds of chapter advisors, constantly striving to share with your children some of life’s key lessons. In an effort to recognize these individuals and show our appreciation, BBYO is proud to dedicate the month of March as a time to honor our chapter advisors.
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.
Due to extreme drought and fueled by strong winds, the worst wildfire in the Israel's history originated in the Carmel Forest and raged across Israel's northern communities to the edges of Haifa, the country's third largest city. More than 40 Israelis were killed in the fires, including a 16-year-old volunteer from the JDC's AMEN Volunteer Service Corps, a BBYO partner agency. Buildings were burned, homes were destroyed and thousands of families were displaced.
From February 11-15, teens, philanthropists, Jewish professionals and communal leaders will participate in two signature teen events – a Summit on Jewish Teens and BBYO’s International Convention 2016. The two events, centered around teen engagement, are expected to bring together approximately 3,000 teens, funders, practitioners and leaders from across the country.
South Jersey Region BBYO gathered December 11-13 for our Winter Retreat, a newer tradition for the region that combines our Judaism-focused convention (called Kallah) with the respective Brotherhood and Sisterhood overnight events.
The entire Jewish community must face the multi-faceted challenge of engaging our youth. Our collective Jewish future depends on it. No single approach, organization, funder or community will succeed if we do not think and act differently than in the past. That’s why we are flying across the country from California to attend the Summit on Jewish Teens in Baltimore next month.
What’s the difference between an ‘organization’ and a ‘movement’? The collaboration between BBYO and Repair the World taking place over MLK Weekend illustrates how two organizations are using a movement model to engage teens and change lives.
More than 4,000 of the Jewish community’s top teen leaders, educators, professionals and philanthropists from around the world are coming to the Inner Harbor for IC 2016 to experience the community that BBYO creates. And this is just a taste of the BBYO experience. This year, BBYO will reach more than 80,000 teens in 35 countries with an AZA and BBG membership that will surpass 19,000 leaders. These teens plus more than 400,000 alumni make up the BBYO family. Playing host to this powerful movement is a turning point for BBYO in Baltimore.