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March is Advisor Appreciation Month

March 1, 2011

Dear BBYO Parents:

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.

In addition to providing guidance and serving as role models, advisors are asked to challenge the teens with whom they work – pushing them to take on responsibilities that they would not normally consider, explore values that may have been lodged in the subconscious, and entertain the meaning of community and Jewish connection. This is no small task for a group that takes on responsibility as a volunteer.

BBYO advisors spend nights and weekends committed to the teens with whom they work. They “schlep” food, sleep on gymnasium floors, respond to text messages at odd hours and comfort “their teens” through the trials and tribulations of high school. They do it because of their love for BBYO and the potential to positively impact a young person’s life. And impact they do.

In many cases, it is your child’s advisor who will provide the most profound and lasting impression of their BBYO experience. These unsung heroes deserve more thanks than we can possibly give. While we are encouraging BBYO’s teen leaders to recognize their chapter advisors, we hope that you also will remind your teen about this important opportunity to say “thanks,” and even consider thanking their chapter advisor with a short note or small gift.

Finally, thank you for being part of the BBYO community. While we don’t have a “family appreciation” month, I want you to know that we recognize all your efforts to drive teens to events, host sleepovers, and feed throngs of hungry teens. If it truly takes a village to raise a child, we should take pride in knowing that our children are being raised by the BBYO family.


Matthew Grossman

Executive Director, BBYO, Inc.

BBYO International Office
800 Eighth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
P: 202.857.6633 / F: 202.857.6568

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