WELLNESS AND INCLUSION ADVISORY COUNCIL

For tens of thousands of Jewish teens in more than 55 countries around the world, BBYO is the place where they can truly be themselves. We provide teens with a welcoming and safe space, a sense of belonging, and the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with both peers and adults who care about them. Inclusion and wellness are paramount to fostering these environments and to building Jewish communities that are open and accessible to everyone, and BBYO is committed to building the resiliency and confidence teens will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The BBYO Wellness and Inclusion Advisory Council is comprised of talented community leaders and philanthropists who empower our Movement to support adolescent mental, emotional, social, and physical health and wellness by:

  •  Planning and hosting engagement opportunities to build connections and provide resources to the parents of BBYO teens
  •  Enhancing wellness and inclusion services and programs by sharing skills, connections, and expertise
  •  Connecting directly with teens through virtual and in-person programs
 

BBYO works to support the emotional, physical, and mental health of all teens with a comprehensive framework and approach to adolescent wellness. These efforts include ensuring specialized wellness staff at BBYO events, peer-to-peer mental health training that prepares teens to recognize early warning signs and know where to turn for help, professional training for staff and advisors, and parent education opportunities and resources. Read more about our innovative approach to teen mental health here.

 

EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Advisory Council members convene several times throughout the year, providing guidance and key insights in our effort to meet the needs of all Jewish teens. Council members also plan and host events locally and nationally for our alumni and parent audiences including:

  • Mental Health and wellness experiences at International Convention
  • Webinars for parents of teens
  • Community events for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month, Mental Health Awareness Month and Pride Month

At International Convention 2020 in Dallas, just days after BBYO teens passed new legislation defining mental health as a priority for the Movement, Maya Smith, Executive Director of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, addressed teens in a packed convention hall. Maya spoke about the critical role youth-serving organizations play in providing support, raising awareness of resources, and combatting the stigma around mental health.

MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE WELLNESS AND INCLUSION ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is comprised of community leaders, parents, healthcare professionals, and dedicated advocates for adolescent health and well-being. Council members represent diverse geographies and backgrounds, leveraging their collective knowledge and experience to ensure that BBYO is effectively meeting the needs of all teens and serving as a communal leader in this space.

Jennifer Grossman

Jennifer Grossman

Council Chair and Co-Founder, Shalom Tikvah

Northern Region East: Baltimore Council

Dina Gluck

Dina Gluck

Dermatology Nurse Practitioner, Cumberland Skin Surgery & Dermatology

Delta Region

Karen Klugo

Karen Klugo

Ophthalmologist, Apex Eye

Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region

Jenna Kress

Jenna Kress

Senior Coordinator, Restorative Community Conferencing Program at Community Works West

Central Region West

Mimi Brodsky Kress

Mimi Brodsky Kress

Chief Operating Officer, Sandy Spring Builders

Northern Region East: DC Council

Koby Mymon

Koby Mymon

Data Analyst, Microsoft

Maccabi Tzair, Israel

Sarina Natkin

Sarina Natkin

LICSW, Parent Coach, Speaker, Writer

Evergreen Region

Michael Oxman

Michael Oxman

Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Great Midwest Region

Adam Quigley

Adam Quigley

Athletic Trainer, LA Galaxy

Pacific Western Region

Shauna Ruda

Shauna Ruda

Director, Stakeholder Relations & Cabinet Alumni at JFNA

Rocky Mountain Region

Elyse Buchbinder

Elyse Buchbinder

Co-Owner, B-Strong Athletics

Northern Region East: Baltimore Council

Josh Buchbinder

Josh Buchbinder

Co-Owner, B-Strong Athletics

Northern Region East: Baltimore Council

CONTACT US

For more information, please contact Samantha Sisisky, Senior Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected].

 

BBYO is committed to creating a mentally, emotionally, and physically safe environment for all teens. We strive to build in our teens the ability to face adversity and developmental challenges and thrive. BBYO welcomes Jewish teens of all backgrounds, denominational affiliation, gender, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, including those with a range of intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities.