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How can I join BBYO?
To join, visit www.b-linked.bbyo.org, create a user account and then pay your membership dues!

How do I know which chapter is right for me?
In most cases in our region, teens go to the chapter that is geographically closest to their home. Want to find out which chapter meets closest to you or learn more about BBYO in general? Contact our Regional Office and we will help to find you your perfect home!

How much does BBYO cost?
Membership costs $149 and lasts from the day a teen joins until the day he/she graduates from high school.
Beyond the membership fee, price varies based upon your teens level of involvement. Some chapter/council programs will charge a fee for supplies, etc. Conventions and other events, like summer programs, have additional costs as well.

Is the Sabbath observed?
Yes! All programs must be approved by advisors and the Office, who may deem the program inappropriate for the holy day. Services are held when necessary at all conventions and programs. Saturday night programs include Havdallah and Conventions include Shabbat services. A Friday night dinner and service, though, is not guaranteed to be Shomer Shabbos. Some people may drive to the program or turn on lights depending on the hosting house. BBYO is non-denominational and no promises can be made.

Is the food Kosher?
All food at conventions are kosher-style, meaning dairy and meat are not served together. It is unlikely that the hotels have kosher kitchens though. The same goes for programs held at members' home. However, we strongly encourage that when running programs that servce food (including potlucks), teens try to stick to an all-dairy or all-meat meal. There is a strict kosher option for kids at conventions, but the Office must be warned in advance.

What is the convention Cancellation/Refund policy?
The cancellation deadline will be the same as the final registration and payment deadline for the convention. Until that date, full refunds will be granted for cancellations in writing (e-mail is acceptable), for any reason. After the final registration date, refunds are not available for any reason.

Are there vegetarian/vegan meals available at conventions? What about gluteen-free and dairy-free?
Yes. Similar to the strict kosher option, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free meals are available if the Office is warned in advance. There is a box to mark while signing up for conventions where teens may list their dietary needs or allergies.

How much of a time commitment is BBYO?
The beauty of BBYO is that it is a totally customizable experience. You and your child can decide what they want to come to and what fits your and their schedule best. So, BBYO can become a decent time commitment if your child comes to a lot of programs (we recommend this option!) or it can be a fun thing on the side if he/she comes to a sleepover or a program every once in a while.

How much of a time commitment is to be a chapter board member?
Being on chapter board is a bigger time commitment. Most presidents request that their board members attend all programs, meetings, and board meetings. Of course, exceptions can be made, but teens should know that it is a commitment if he/she is elected. In addition, board members must spend enough time outside of BBYO to complete the job description which may include planning programs, writing newspapers, or responding to board emails. Chapter board members must keep in contact with their advisors, their president, and their Regional Board counterpart. Chapter board is a very fun and rewarding job (and awesome on resumes!), but it is also a crucial part to the survival of a chapter and therefore is a substantial time commitment each week. We encourage that parents talk with their child to make sure both the parent and child understand the time commitment before deciding to run for board.

Do I have to drive my kid to EVERY program, meeting, and convention?
No. We encourage older members to give rides to younger members or for families to carpool to programs and meetings. It is up to the parents to find out if the kids are safe drivers. Parents are expected to drop off their kids at the convention bus stop location.

Can my child switch chapters?

Yes. Contact the Regional Office and we will make the switch right away!

How can I get involved?
There are many opportunities for parents to get involved! You can attend an event like a chapter parent/teen Shabbat or parent brunch, host an event in your home, become a parent representative or become a chapter advisor!

What happens if an advisor cannot be present at a program?
Members cannot hold a chapter meeting or program without an adult present to chaperone. It most cases, the chapter advisor is this chaperone. However, if an advisor is unable to be present, he/she works with Regional Staff to find someone to fill in. When a program takes place in a member's home, a parent must ALWAYS be present at the house where the event is being held. The parent cannot leave for the entire duration of the program.

What should I bring to a BBYO Convention? 
Each of our 5 regional conventions are a bit different and require different packing list. A packing list is emailed out to all teens registered for that particular convention and their parents the Monday preceding the convention weekend for teens and their families to ensure they are adeuqately prepared for the weekend ahead.

Is there a difference between an authorized BBYO event and an unofficial BBYO event?
An authorized BBYO event is any event that has been posted and approved on BBYO's Dashboard and filtered into B-linked for teens to register. There are no “unofficial BBYO events”. All BBYO meetings and programming must have proper advisor/parent/staff professional supervision. If a gathering takes place that is not on Dashboard/B-linked, it is not a BBYO event.

What is ISF?
ISF stands for International Service Fund. Every region raises money for ISF which then gives the money to the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee). The money goes to programs in Israel, different organizations and also goes to BBYO International Scholarships.

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