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Blueprint Reflection

Posted on 07/03/2015 @ 03:19 PM

Since I have arrived at ILTC, one of my favorite programs has been Blueprint. Blueprint is a 2-hour daily program where we meet with a group of participants and staff to learn about a variety of leadership techniques applicable to BBYO and the world. The wisdom and advice that the staff bring is effective, creative, and I can't wait to utilize it when I get back from. It is also extremely interesting to hear what works in other chapters and regions that can be adapted to improve my BBYO experience. For example, a friend of mine from NTO suggested me a brotherhood program that he thinks would work in my home region of Cotton States. The program incorporated aspects of Judaism and patriotism, two of the Seven Cardinal Principles, by showing our appreciation to America and Israel. These principles are key to building a family of successful Jewish brothers.

Blueprint is more than just a leadership class, it is a team that is working together towards a common goal. The common goal is to strengthen BBYO and build the Jewish leaders of the future. Everyone in our Blueprint group are friends and are constantly willing to help one another to reach our highest potential. Blueprint is a valuable asset to improving chapters and regions, building friendship, and enjoying a complete ILTC experience. I can't wait for the rest of the sessions.

Sam Canales, Cotton States Region #72

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Getting Creative

Posted on 07/01/2015 @ 12:11 PM

Hi! I’m Meredith Harris of Livingston BBG #2356 in the Greater Jersey Hudson River Region: Northern Council. ILTC has been amazing so far! Today we worked in our Blueprint groups and discussed various recruitment strategies that work in different regions. I loved hearing all of the different methods used to grow our movement. I can’t wait to bring back the MRIHA strategy (Meet, Recruit, Invite, Host, Ask) to my region. Aside from Blueprint, I also had a great time doing Rikkudim, or Israeli dancing today. I loved it because I was actually surrounded by my best friends at Perlman. Canada day was great, and now I can’t wait for July 4th!

Hi! My name is Shaina Lubliner, and I hail from Tikvah BBG #1233 in the Connecticut Valley Region. Before I came to ILTC, I felt apprehensive about spending my summer before senior year at a leadership camp in the middle of Pennsylvania. While my peers from home would be holding internships and pursuing career paths that they would continue to study in college, I would be here, still lost about what I wanted to do with my life.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Last night, we heard from from CreativCatalyst and I was hooked. The art of meaningful event planning intrigued me. I learned that every detail from the way the room was set up to who was invited has to be handled with thoughtfulness and intuition. The team from CreativCatalyst discussed their various roles – marketing, linguistics, and innovative programming. Each one of them was so passionate about their job that they made it seem more like fun than monotonous work. That kind of a job is definitely something I would love to do with my life!

We were then challenged to break off into groups and plan a thought-provoking event of our own. My group, comprised of friends new and old, decided to plan a night all dedicated to empowering the next generation of females. At a sleepover, we would enjoy a delicious meal of comfort foods and participate in conversation about issues facing women today. We learned that asking open ended questions such as, “If you could change one thing about the world to make it better for your future daughter, what would it be?” can lead to an inspiring evening.

I look forward to applying the insights I gained from CreativCatalyst in my home region and at the third shabbat of ILTC. For the past 4 days, I have met with a planning committee dedicated to creating a 25 hour shabbat experience inspired by CreativCatalyst at South By South West.

I am so grateful to be a participant at ILTC and have had the opportunity to hear the brains behind CreativCatalyst speak. Who knows, one day I may be the one planning South By Southwest!

Meredith Harris, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region: Northern Council, Livingston BBG #2356 Shaina Lubliner, Connecticut Valley Region, Tikvah BBG #1233

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Enlightened

Posted on 06/30/2015 @ 11:53 AM

If I could describe ILTC so far in one word it would be enlightening. I am becoming more aware of discovering myself as a person, especially through the guest speakers. In high school, I often find myself behind a barrier of not knowing my interests. The opportunity to be here at ILTC and and to be surrounded by strong leaders is helping me to ultimately discover myself. Last night, BBYO brought in a powerhouse line up of speakers from Change.org, Avodah, Opportunity Nation, Democracy Prep Schools, Student Alliance for Prison Reform, and Turbovote. The guest speakers discussing their missions and goals for society helped me actualize my own passions and what I want from the world.

Briana Davine, Rocky Mountain Region

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Just Getting Started

Posted on 06/29/2015 @ 11:02 PM

I can’t think of any other program that is similar to ILTC. The hard work and love that has been put into planning this ILTC is what has made it such a unique experience. I've been learning a lot in my Blueprint training sessions. Along with many other participants, I am now understanding how important the lesson we learned at CLTC – begin with the end in mind – is applicable to strengthening my chapter and region. Our Blueprint staff have been incredibly inspiring and have made me extremely interested in the content we are learning about. More than learning to be a leader in BBYO, we are learning how to be a leader and change agent in the greater community.

Last night, Tiffany Shlain, American filmmaker, author, and public speaker, presented to our group. Her inspiring story about following a passion and chasing after her dreams resonated with the aspiring global leaders at ILTC. One fascinating piece from her story was about her "technology shabbats." For six years now, Shlain has completely disconnected from technology on Shabbat with her family. Hearing how every member of her family is able to be fully present was truly powerful, especially since we are encouraged to disconnect during Shabbat at camp. It was nice to hear that you can do something like this without being at a place like Perlman. I'm very excited to see what else ILTC has in store for me.

Arielle Sabot, New England Region #18, Ariel Ometz BBYO #5389

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Shavuah Tov from ILTC

Posted on 06/28/2015 @ 10:45 PM

ILTC is in full swing, and we could not be happier to finally have all 250 leaders from around the world at Perlman Camp for the next two weeks. The teens arrived on Thursday and were reunited with old and new friends from BBYO. After the teens moved into their dorms, Jake Nitzkin and Roni Rose, the ILTC 2015 Coordinators and International Mazkirim, opened the program. The teens participated in an exciting opening event getting to know each other through making individualized cupcakes and Rikkudim (Israeli dancing). Everyone went to bed energized and ready for the next two weeks.

On Friday, we started our morning with a beautiful Shacharit service. The participants began to learn about how they can find their own way to pray through BBYO's pluralistic model. At ILTC, teens can choose between four different siddurim and will be shown different ways of connecting to prayer.

The day included a lot of introductions – the teens started their first Blueprint leadership training session and learned about their Jewish learning and speciality opportunities. In the afternoon, everyone was paired with a big or a little to begin a program modeling the roles of having a big or little brother or sister in a BBYO chapter.

As the sun set, the cameras came out for many pre-Shabbat photos and we had a ceremony celebrating the new wooden menorah built by the Madrichim in the large quad. We shared a powerful Shabbat with singing, dancing, and lots of eating.

Today, the teens began the day with morning prayer and a plethora of Shabbat electives ranging from topics about Tikkun Olam to Jewish life in college. And after an afternoon of rest, we are re-energized for the exciting week ahead.

Stay tuned for more blog posts sharing personal experiences form ILTC participants.

Shavuah tov!

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