Service and Advocacy
What is Stand UP?
BBYO’s Stand UP initiative empowers teens to identify a cause that inspires them and develop their own campaign to affect positive change in their local and global community. It's a grassroots movement of Jewish teens across the globe to take action and tackle the issues and causes they care about most. It empowers a generation of young Jewish leaders who are self-aware and motivated to become agents of change within and beyond the Jewish community.
Rooted in Jewish obligation and BBYO tradition, Stand UP is a new understanding of the old practice of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world around us. By implementing their own campaigns at the local, regional and international level, teens gain invaluable experiences in the areas of community service, philanthropy, and advocacy, cultivating important skills to become effective change makers and contributing members of the greater Jewish community. Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls have united to combat issues and causes such as hunger, cancer, homelessness, genocide, human rights, bullying and harassment, while rallying to support global Jewry, charitable foundations, public services and community agencies amidst a multitude of other communal priorities.
Stand UP is your opportunity to voice your passions and make a real difference in your community and the world around you. BBYO participants from around the globe are constantly launching new campaigns, creating new resources, and finding new opportunities to be a part of.
Each year DC Council chapters vote on the Stand UP of their choice. Here is a sample of the causes our chapters have selected:
-Achshav BBG: Suicide Awareness
-Einstein AZA: Autism Speaks
-Ko'ach BBG: Distracted Driving
-Max Cowan AZA: Hunger and Homelessness
-N'shama BBG: Domestic Abuse Prevention
-Simon Atlas AZA: Children with Special Needs
In March 2015 members of AZA traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional staff and discuss sexual assualt on college campuses. The group then made a second trip to DC to visit the White House and meet with the White House Counsel for Women and Girls. The program, Brother to Brother, was a partnership with Jewish Women International and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and is an example of what our teens are capable of creating!
More information can be found at the BBYO Stand UP website.
What is Speak UP?
BBYO’s history is closely tied that of the State of Israel. As the future leaders of the Global Jewish Community, it is our responsibility to learn about, appreciate and advocate for Israel.
Speak UP for Israel has two Primary Objectives:
-Utilize programming, travel experiences and other platforms to offer opportunities for teens to explore all facets of Israel – historical, cultural, spiritual, societal and more.
-Empower leaders, dialogue with local, national and international governmental representatives, plan rallies, write petitions, create information campaigns and utilize media outlets to educate and advocate their communities about Israel.
What does that mean? To create critical thinking teens that can form their own unique connections with Israel to inspire a commitment to the Homeland of the Jewish People, Israel.