KEYSTONE MOUNTAIN REGION BBYO

Serving - Fox Chapel, North Hills, Southern Suburbs, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Point Breeze, Eastern Suburbs, Monroeville, Plum, Murraysville and Churchill.

We're always looking to expand! If you would like BBYO to serve your community, please email us at kmr@bbyo.org or contact the regional office at (412) 421-2626

March 2012/Adar 5772 Issue

In This Issue:

March is Advisor Appreciation Month


Dayenu BBG and Ruach AZA Reign Superior at Tournies

Summer Scholarship and Waitlist Info

Human Rights and Genocide Summit in DC

International Convention 2012 in Review

KMR BBYO CONNECT is Making a Splash!

Beau/Sweetheart Semi-Formal and FAN Event

 

 

 

 

 

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BBYO Summer Experiences Brochure

BBYO Adult & Family Travel

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March is Advisor Appreciation Month

Honor Your Advisor Today!

Every year, BBYO designates the month of March to appreciate the network of volunteers who serve at the heart of BBYO and in the lives of each of our teens – our advisors. As you may know, each BBYO chapter has at least one dedicated advisor who stewards our teens through their BBYO experience, while also serving as a mentor, role model, and positive adult influence on the members of the chapter.  Almost any time a teen is at a BBYO event, an advisor is there – Saturday nights, Sundays, weeknights, conventions, and more.  And that doesn’t even include the countless hours they spend on phone calls, sending texts and emails or responding to Facebook posts.

Moreover, our advisors are volunteers – that’s right, they are not paid for their time with BBYO.  That’s why we take this month to recognize and thank our wonderful advisors for their service and dedication.

Our advisors repeatedly tell us that a gesture of “thanks” from the teens and their families is a gratifying reward for their hard work.  To that end, please consider making a tribute to honor your child’s advisor! Please visit the KMR Donation Page to make a tribute in honor of your teen's advisor.  We will send the advisor a beautiful tribute card from you in recognition of their service and dedication.

Please contact Chuck Marcus, Senior Program Director KMR BBYO at (412) 421-2626 if you need help identifying your teen's advisor's name.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Dayenu BBG and Ruach AZA Reign Superior at Tournies

The South Hills JCC became Hogwarts High School March 2-4 as over 140 KMR BBYO members competed in over 20 different categories during Tournies.
Tournies is the once a year convention, where teens are involved from sporting activities such as basketball and floor hockey, to joke telling and vocal/instrumental contests. At the end of the convention, the points are added and one BBG chapter and one AZA chapter walk away as the overall winners. This year's Tournies carried a Harry Potter theme and the winning chapters received the coveted TriWizard Cup.

Summer Experiences 2012 are Filling Up Fast!

We want YOU to be there, and we want you to SAVE!

Our region has 28 teens currently registered for a BBYO Summer Experience – and we hope you’ll be joining us.  Register today with a refundable deposit for Passport travel through March 15, and for a domestic experience through April 15, 2012!

Important Dates and Ways to Save:

  • BBYO Regional Scholarship: Each Region has funds set aside for need-based scholarship. All families will be notified of their scholarships by April 1, 2012.  Deadline to apply is March 15, 2012.

  • Teens who are alumni of Panim el Panim or Panim Issue Summits can save $100 on IMPACT: DC and IMPACT: Chicago.

Current Availability:

  • Waitlist: International Kallah, CLTC 1 (for BBGs), CLTC 7 (for BBGs)

  • Over 80% full: International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC), CLTC 3, 5, and 6 (for BBGs)

Don't miss out! Register today!

Jewish Teen Summit on Human Rights and Genocide - Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the second annual Human Rights and Genocide Summit (HRGS) – a three-day experience in Washington, DC, that focuses on global human rights and genocide issues.  Participants will include a diverse group of Jewish teens from across North America that will have a unique experience to learn from leading political experts about genocide and how  to stand up and speak out against these worldwide atrocities. Most importantly, participants return home with enhanced skills as a community leader and a greater understanding of their own civic responsibility. Click here to read "Never Again: A Teen Takes Action to Honor These Words" published last year in eJewishPhilanthropy.com by a HRGS teen participant.

Ready to learn more?  Click here to see the itinerary and register.


IC 2012 Review via Social Media

25 teens from Pittsburgh joined nearly 900 other teens from 13 countries on February 16 – 20 for the largest-ever BBYO International Convention (IC). The annual conference celebrates and strengthens AZA, BBG, and the Jewish People.

Our talented teen leadership and professionals shared their IC experience in real-time by posting updates on our central media hub, the IC Blog, posting over 3,000 tweets and updates on Facebook and Twitter, and participating in our live broadcasts on Jewish Life TV and Jewish Rock Radio. The collective multi-media effort had the power to reach millions around the world and allow AZA and BBG teens back home to follow elections and be among the first to congratulate their new regional leaders! Our thanks goes out to all of you who made this possible.

Directly from the teens commentary, we offer this International Convention recap:

On Twitter…@BBGSganit: So this is what 900 teens look like... Whoa. #azabbgic2012

Sean Frazer and Michaela Brown were recognized at IC by the JTA for having won the 2012 AZA and BBG Oratory Contest. Sean wrote, “…three years since that first AZA basketball game – my perception of myself and the world around me has changed dramatically… Today, Judaism is a pillar of my life – a context through which I interact with the world, deeply embedded in my soul.” Click here to read their essays.

During a Day of Service and Advocacy, teens volunteered at 18 sites throughout Atlanta. One track included the first all teen-audience premiere and Q & A with the director of The Bully Project, a new feature-length documentary that follows "a year in the life" of America's bullying crisis. Click here to learn more about The Bully Project track.

@JamieRothstein: I pledge a commitment to community service and advocacy #ifnotnowwhen #azabbgic2012

Click here to read the rest of the IC 2012 Social Media Review!

Click here to see the latest photos and videos on the IC 2012 Live Blog, including coverage by Jewish Life TV and Jewish Rock Radio.


KMR BBYO Connect is Making a Splash!

Since the beginning of the year, KMR BBYO Connect has held several events for the middle school population in Pittsburgh. On a sunny, and chilly February afternoon, KMR BBYO Connect members spent an afternoon networking and bowling in Squirrel Hill. We want to especially thank those who made the drive from Morgantown, West Virginia to be with us and KMR BBYO looks forward to branching out to the Morgantown area. This month, we are teaming with the JCC Day Camps and the Emma Kaufman Camp for a "Dive In". Join us Saturday, March 31 from 7:00-9:00 pm inside the JCC Squirrel Hill branch for an evening of swimming, watching movies and listening to your favorite tunes. Admission is just $10.00. Call Chuck Marcus at 412.421.2626 to register.Please click here to view  a PDF of the KMR BBYO Connect calendar.

Nudge a teen in your life! BBYO Connect aims to provide every middle school student with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences! Please click here to provide us with contact information of families who can benefit from BBYO Connect so we can notify them of opportunities.


Beau/Sweetheart Semi-Formal and FAN Event

KMR BBYO's Beau/Sweetheart dance is taking place Saturday, April 14, 2012 beginning at 7:30 at Green Oaks Country Club in Verona. Our teens will be all decked out for this event as they announce their respective Beau/sweetheart for 2012. 
In addition to Beau, BBYO Keystone Mountain Region is hosting An Evening to Benefit BBYO Keystone Mountain Region. This event will allow BBYO to take strides toward meeting the challenges facing Jewish teens.  Our goal is to grow community support and the resources that are increasingly needed to continue delivering the type of quality programming for which BBYO is renowned.

Join us for a fun and inspiring evening to celebrate, support and learn more about the important work of BBYO Keystone Mountain Region (KMR). KMR is on track to serve over 300 teens this year in the Pittsburgh area through chapter programs, regional conventions and community service. This special event will take place simultaneous to KMR’s Beau/Sweetheart Dance. The evening will kick off together with a spirited Havdalah service and then proceed with a separate reception for parents, alumni and community members.
For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Robin Rothstein at 301.348.3783. The cost of the event is $50 per person (not tax-deductible) and will include hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer. Food will be dairy/vegetarian. As an incentive for parents who have teens attending the dance, we are offering a discount of $10 per person. 100% of all tax-deductible contributions will support BBYO Keystone Mountain Region.

Dress is business casual. RSVP by April 9 by registering online at bbyo.org/PittsburghFANevent
If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting BBYO Keystone Mountain Region
by making a contribution online:fan.bbyo.org/Pittsburgh
For more information on BBYO Keystone Mountain Region call Chuck Marcus, Sr. Program Director at 412.421.2626 or via email cmarcus@bbyo.org