March 17, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT Debbie Shemony, 202.857.6691; mailto: [email protected]
BBYO On Demand gives teens worldwide access to an innovative digital space filled with activities and events they can tune into from anywhere, anytime
WASHINGTON, DC & WORLDWIDE— BBYO has introduced a brand-new, first-of-its-kind virtual experience for Jewish youth,akin to an interactive “Jewish Netflix” for teens to access unique online experiences and programs. As “social distancing” becomes the norm for young people around the world, BBYO is offering its global audience an opportunity to connect, learn, have fun, and be inspired in a new digital space. The recently launched BBYO On Demand will serve as a teen curated global engagement platform featuring activities, speakers, and hangouts that are limited only by the imagination of teens themselves.
“When it seemed like society was shutting down all around me, BBYO was the first one to step up and help teens feel less isolated in their homes,” said BBYO member Yael Schuller from North Texas Oklahoma Region. “More than anything, teens need social connections to thrive—and BBYO On Demand provides that for us.” Joseph Rasamat from BBYO New England Region added, “Before my school was even able to set up online classes, BBYO already had programs up and running to keep me engaged. As always, BBYO is at the forefront of bringing people together and making teens feel like they’re a part of something bigger.”
Teens are invited to build, submit, and host their own episodes, mini-series, classes, tournaments, hangouts, or special events on BBYO On Demand. The platform will also enable local BBYO groups to keep meeting regularly, program together, and continue to share all the power and meaning of BBYO while “socially distanced” from one another. Over the coming days and weeks, BBYO On Demand will continue to evolve and expand with exciting new program offerings on a schedule that accommodates global time differences.
“We’re navigating a very different reality than we anticipated just a few weeks ago,” said Jill Hulnick, Chief Impact Officer of BBYO. “As we ride out the local and global developments impacting school schedules, extracurricular activities, and regular routines, we’re committed to our mission of helping Jewish teens and young adults around the world stay connected to one another by sharing ideas, learning together, making the world a better place, and having a fun time while doing it.”
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts, and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers, and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful, and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education, and Jewish values.
Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, but rather as “BBYO.”
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