On Demand with Dana and Fanny
By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to explore BBYO On Demand, our virtual programming hub. It’s not just for teens – advisors use it too! Whether it’s tuning into programs (here’s a program lineup curated for advisors), hosting your own experience (submit here), or helping your chapters program on BBYO On Demand (here’s a step-by-step guide), there’s something for everyone. We asked two advisors how they use BBYO On Demand.
First off, who are you? Where are you from?
Dana: My name is Dana Kaplansky. I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m advising Ligdol BBYO #5044 and this is my second year as an advisor.
Fanny: Hi! My name is Fanny Sevilla, I'm from Mexico City, and I'm advisor of the Los Chiles BBYO Mexico chapter. I've been advising this chapter since November, 6 months.
What’s your favorite BBYO On Demand program that you’ve participated in?
Dana: I enjoyed many programs, but my favorite one is the Latin American meeting called “Mi Propio Egipto” (“My Own Egypt”), where teens from all around Latin America got to discuss Passover in their native language and how it’s connected to our daily lives. It was amazing to see the kids participating and having the chance to do it in their own language.
Fanny: The Afikoman Hunt was very fun, and I really enjoyed it.
What programs have you planned on BBYO On Demand? What programs have your chapters planned on On Demand?
Dana: I hosted a program called “BBYO Global Recipes” where each week I’d cook different dishes, teaching the secrets that my own grandmothers taught me and getting to pass the tradition from generation to generation. My chapter has planned all kinds of programs: about how screens and technologies affect our daily lives, a movie and famous characters quiz, a debate about conspiracy theories, a Passover program – they even started planning pen pals!
Fanny: We have a weekly chapter call every Thursday. We did a “12 Tips for the Quarantine” session, a freedom and Pesach activity, and Zikaron BaSalon (“Living Room Memories” Yom HaShoah program). Also, BBG from Los Chiles Mexico hosted a program about feminism On Demand. We've also been making videos to support Mexico's Jewish community.
What tips and tricks do you have for other advisors getting their chapters comfortable with using BBYO On Demand and programming virtually?
Dana: My advice is, if you have something in mind that could be interesting, share it! If you’re not sure on how to plan it, get some people to help you! It just takes some effort and some clicks. Nowadays there is an incredible amount of resources you can find online that will help you create amazing things. Think big! Some links that might help you create cool stuff: Padlet | Mentimeter | H5P.org | Wheel of Names | Quizzizz | Coronabingo
Fanny: I recommend trying to relate international news and events with values and lessons for your teens to takeaway. Linking Israeli, Jewish, and national holidays with an activity is a great source of inspiration. Have guest speakers and learn from them. Try to have a weekly moment with your teens and schedule your On Demand session in advance.
What do you love about BBYO On Demand?
Dana: What I love about BBYO On Demand is that it’s a place where you can bring whatever you’d like to show to others. You can create amazing content, and you also have many interesting program options to learn from and entertain yourself with, alongside people from around the whole world.
Fanny: I love that there are infinite possibilities, and it's really easy to have an international session or partner. It doesn't matter that we are all alone in our homes, I feel that we are closer than ever. We are all in this together.
Thanks, Dana and Fanny! PS: We’re starting bi-weekly Advisor Office Hours on BBYO On Demand, Wednesdays at 8pm ET, beginning on May 6. Drop by to chat, collaborate, and ask questions. See you there!
P.P.S.: Earlier this month, BBYO launched the BBYO On Demand FAN Club, helping our staff, advisors, and teen leaders raise revenue directly for their regions through BBYO On Demand. We’re so excited by the response FAN Club has received so far, and eager to keep the momentum going! Want to brainstorm how to localize FAN Club perks for your community? Contact Rachel Krueger!