BBYO

Rating: 4.75 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 2020 K St Nw Suite 7400 Washington DC 20006 USA

Mission: BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement in North America aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 80 years, AZA and BBG (boys and girls chapters respectively) in communities around the world have been providing exceptional leadership programs and Jewish identity enrichment, shaping the lives of 250,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, more than ever, BBYO offers innovative opportunities for teens to connect with one another, serve their communities, navigate the college admissions process and travel the world, providing each participant with a network of lifelong friends, a perspective which adds value and meaning to life and a shared commitment toward strengthening the Jewish future. 

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Rating: 4 stars  

BBYO is an important social forum for Jewish Youth of any denomination.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

BBYO and Central Region East BBG was a very important part of my Jr. High & High School experience. Growing up in a mostly Christian part of PA, this was a low stress, fun way to meet other Jewish teens, make friends and have tons of fun. I also attended ILTC which was a great experience.

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my personal and professional life

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be alot bigger and help more Jewish youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997-12-01

Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

i was a member in PCR region. On board. Now i joined to make new friends, and i did. i was enjoying up until i went to an Official event. i thought bbyo wasnt supposed to be about drugs. but there was kids smoking weed, drinking, and other stuff. its not ok. I recently quit. i experienced this in 6 different chapters around the PCR region. Some of the Older kids (senior, junior, sophmores) where getting freshmen and 8th graders into drugs. thats not okay with me. And also, there is a lot of racial discrimination. They would use the "n" word a lot! and other terrible and rude words. i do not recomend signing your child in BBYO. its not a good organization

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make the rules stricter and get rid of the bad teenagers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

would talk to the young kids about ways to get into girls pants

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there was not drugs and discrimination.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I was a member of the Big Apple Region from 2002 through 2006. In that time, I gained the most comprehensive leadership experience I could possibly have gotten. In addition to be selected to the Young Leadership Institute as a freshman, I was my chapter's Shomerit Habrit (Sunshine Girl), N'siah and Regional Mazkirah. Perhaps the experience that I reflect most upon in the years since I was involved in BBYO was my participation as a delegate to the 2006 March of the Living. I am confident that I would never have had the experience of going to Poland and seeing the horrors and destruction of the Holocaust and then immediately after being able to go to Israel, to see the Jewish homeland and how the Jewish people have risen from the ashes to remain a united people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it gave me a structured social network outside of my high school and within the Jewish community. I met my best friend in BBYO, and I developed skills that have been invaluable to me as a college student and in my job search.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I was in BBYO in the early 90's and had a truly transformation Jewish experience that has shaped my life. Not only did I marry someone I met through BBYO, but I had my first Israel Experience through ISI. My experience in BBYO led me to focus on a career in Jewish Communal Service in my 20's. BBYO is a wonderful Jewish experience and I hope my child will have the same opportunity that my husband and I did in shaping our Jewish identity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my experience as a youth in visiting Israel for the first time through ISI.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create organized Israel trips for the parents and/or former alumni of BBYO who have never been to Israel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

BBYO has provided me and teens across the world with a true Jewish experience. From meeting Jewish teens like myself to learning how to become a Jewish leader in my community, I cannot begin to fathom all the ways that BBYO has affected my everyday life. From BBYO, I have embraced my Jewish Heritage and have learned what it truly means to be a leader.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every way possible. I can now say that I am a leader in the Jewish teen community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

promote it more, so that more kids have the opportunities that it gives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting teens like myself around the world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of each and every background. BBYO celebrates diversity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide Jewish teens the power to change the world.

Ways to make it better...

BBYO was more organized.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting funds to run its amazing programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I was a member of BBYO and subsequently a staff member. Membership in BBYO fundamentally changed my life, affording me an opportunity to learn interperonal and leadership skills, to be exposed to young Jews accross our nation, to put our traditions to work performing service for others in need, and many other ways too numerous to mention.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a member and staff member.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

numerous teenage experience and a valuable work experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

assist in increasing Jewish identity of todays teenage Jews.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Great for both of my children. Happy we found it! My daughter grew as a great leader, coordinator and speaker within the organization Regards, Ella R.

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BBYO helps kids to believe in themselves and become stronger

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My son started BBYO in 2008 at the beginning of his 9th grade year. He experienced a tough year starting high school....the pressure, the AP classes, a new school, girlfriend issues, you name it...he went through it! BBYO was the touchstone that brought him through this very difficult year. He is now fully active and is an officer of his chapter (Hurricane's in Miami) and is striving to take a position as a regional officer and attending IC 2010 as well. He is fully invested in BBYO, as my husband was many years ago. It has played a large part of getting him through some very trying times and we, as parents, feel so thankful for this program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son's overall dedication to this group as it has helped him cope with other areas of his life that has been troubling.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

It was an amazing experience in high school that shaped myself as a leader, friend, and person. I learned how to stand infront of a crowd and give a speech, how to manage a room filled with thirty high schools girls, and I learned how great of a leader I can be. BBYO deserves this award, and I am grateful for my experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my high school experience, my alumni connections and my every day work experience, i reflect on my time in BBYO.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

EVERYTHING

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do the work it does, and more!!!!

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

-

One thing I'd also say is that...

BBYO deserves this award....

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

BBYO brought me to the friends I still have now, 27 years later. I remain best friends with my first AZA friend even today. Now, I see not only my kid and my friend's kids, but I see the children born of "my kids" when I was an advisor, as they too have now grown up. And many stay in touch with each other, not to mention me. From my awkward teen years, to Israel for the first time, to being an advisor, I would need dozens of pages to recite the best years of my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

nearly thirty years of involvement, from member, to officer, to volunteer staff to board member.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everything. It developed my life into what I am and what my family and friends are today

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Devoted, dedicated, selfless and awesome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring Jewish youth together across the globe, even more so than it already does now

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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