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First Shabbat at CLTC 3

Posted on 07/02/2010 @ 08:52 AM

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Through chapter elections held yesterday at CLTC 3, the teens prepared by composing a candidate platform and writing a speech, as well as learning election and voting procedures. The elections are not really about the end result, but, more about the process. We also stress that leadership is not about a title, but, more about the decisions they make, how they treat one another - basically, how they live their lives. There is so much to do here that involves everyone, not just those elected to chapter board. It's all about teamwork.

Last night, the teens participated in an exciting program that focused on how they can use their talents and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. They learned about the Stand Up! Campaign, BBYO’s local service and advocacy effort, and immediately started talking about how they could initiate leadership projects around service, philanthropy and advocacy. Last year, as part of Stand Up!, BBYO teens volunteered over 80,000 hours and raised over $120,000 for over 120 organizations!

An example of one young person who has made a big difference: Jackie Rotman, who attended a Panim el Panim program at age 14, was inspired to found Everybody Dance Now! In the five years since, her program has grown to serve hundreds of students weekly and was featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew this spring.

To give you a taste of the program they experienced, we would like to share with you a video that introduces the Stand Up! campaign below.

What do you think of the video? We want to hear your thoughts!

Tonight begins our first Shabbat together and our four chapters are preparing various aspects of observance - creating a Shabbat atmosphere, planning innovative or themed services and presenting meaningful programs in the spirit of Shabbat. I look forward to sharing all of this with you when Shabbat is over.

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