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Two Leaders in the Field of Teen Summer Experiences Announce Entrepreneurship Institute at the University of Michigan for Jewish High School Students

October 10, 2013

Washington, DCBBYO and Summer Discovery have partnered to offer an opportunity for Jewish high school students to attend the University of Michigan for two weeks during the summer while participating in the BBYO Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Institute. The partnership was formed to create a unique program tailored to explore the skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur and the Jewish values that can guide business leaders. The program will engage students through classroom activities, field trips and interactions with Jewish business leaders. Students will learn about the concepts of competitive advantage, ownership, opportunity recognition, marketing, finance and product development. The summer program begins July 20, 2014 and is open by application to all Jewish high school students.

The program concludes with a competition where participant working groups present original business plans to a panel of judges from the business community, with the winners receiving cash prizes toward the implementation of their business plan. The program will also include afternoon and evening activities such as attending a Detroit Tigers baseball game, visiting The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, enjoying Cedar Point Amusement Park. Participants will experience college life at the University of Michigan residing in a college dorm and using campus facilities. Participants will celebrate Shabbat, learn about entrepreneurship in Israel and explore Jewish values relating to business. BBYO and Summer Discovery will provide Resident Counselors to support the students and oversee campus living.

BBYO and Summer Discovery are excited about the partnership. "Many Summer Discover participants are already familiar with BBYO. The partnership will allow participants to network with other entrepreneurial-minded teens from across the country and abroad, as well as business professionals from the Jewish community," said Bob Musiker, Executive Director of Summer Discovery.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Summer Discovery on this initiative,” said Matthew Grossman, BBYO’s Executive Director. “Their expertise in this area allows BBYO to quickly develop and scale a program that meets the interests of Jewish teens while offering another powerful experience to develop the leadership skills of those who will ultimately lead our community.”

For more information, contact:

Summer Discovery Laura Granelli, Michigan Director (516) 621-3939

BBYO Robyn Judelsohn, BBYO Senior Director of Immersive Experiences (202) 507-7301

About Summer Discovery

Summer Discovery ( owned and operated by the Musiker family for 47 years, offers the finest summer pre-college enrichment programs for middle school and high school students at universities like UCLA, University of Pennsylvania and NYU, as well as at international locations including Florence, Italy; Shanghai & Beijing, China; and Cambridge University & London. Discovery Internships ( offers tuition-based internships in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles and London in 50+ industries including entrepreneurship, law, finance, fashion and more. Program offerings also include study abroad, cultural immersion, language learning and community service while incorporating learning, social interaction, real-world experience, travel and personal growth.

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About BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, but rather as “BBYO.”

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