Benefits of BBYO
BBYO emphasizes teen leadership on every level—teens can be elected onto chapter, council, regional, or international boards. In addition, throughout the year there are dozens of opportunities for teens to plan, recruit, and coordinate events and programs. You can read more below in the Teen Leadership section!
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.
In addition to our dedicated Director of Inclusion, Ari Handel, LSW, who works year-round to build safe spaces and provide inclusive opportunities to all BBYO teens, we recently launched the BBYO Center for Adolescent Wellness headed by Drew Fidler, LCSW-C. This innovative measure helps to ensure that BBYO and other youth serving organizations are places where adolescents can thrive through institutional best practices in health and wellness.
BBYO connects many teens to their Jewish identity post B’nai Mitzvah. Our pluralistic programming includes holiday celebrations and providing teens with opportunities to explore Jewish traditions and history. We work to encourage and facilitate the exploration of Jewish identity as well as Israel advocacy and education through programs about and in Israel.
Global Jewish Connections
With a presence in 50 countries today (and rapidly expanding into new areas), BBYO offers unique opportunities to join together Jewish teens from around the world with one another, expanding their awareness of the diversity of Judaism across the continents. These global connections last a lifetime and create strong and lasting bonds of friendship. Check out more about BBYO’s global reach here!
Vast Alumni Network
Alumni have the benefit of being a part of an extensive BBYO network of over 400,000 members. These connections can help young people find their calling in college and in future careers.
Alumni can also join BBYO’s Friends and Alumni Network (FAN), which offers members the opportunity to build community, reconnect with fellow alumni, raise funds, and support BBYO’s mission to bring more Jewish teens, more meaningful Jewish experiences, and beyond.