Inclusion & Wellness

BBYO strives to welcome all Jewish teens, regardless of background, denominational affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, including those with a range of intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities.

BBYO integrates teens with special needs into existing programs at a chapter and regional level as well as throughout summer overnight leadership experiences including CLTC, ILTC and International Kallah.

BBYO Membership for All

We look forward to collaborating with you so that we can address each member’s specific needs. Please reach out to our Director of Inclusion, Ari Handel, to learn more.

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"BBYO was the first place that anyone ever asked me about my cochlear implants or seemed interested at all. If I hadn't joined, I don't think I would be the advocate that have become today- for myself, for my friends, for anyone. BBYO and the inclusive environment it creates is what allowed me to share my story and find my true passion in life, and for that, I am forever grateful." Tyler R., BBYO member, Southern Region: Atlanta Council

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"The first place I ever felt truly included was BBYO and I am filled with pride over BBYO's commitment to making every teen everywhere feel included. BBYO goes above and beyond to provide an inclusive space for every single participant. If this is what the future of the movement and the Jewish people looks like, I have never been more excited."Dalia D., BBYO alumnae, Pacific Western Region

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“I can truly say BBYO strives to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all teens. In the region I work in, the teens take an active role in embracing every individual and really creating a safe space that all teens can call home.”Samantha Walsh, Regional Director, New England Region